Tongue Tie Treatment in Melbourne

Laser frenectomy treatment for tongue-tie in adults can restore speech and bite functionality and improve quality of life and is more affordable than traditional surgery.

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What is a tongue-tie?

Tongues with a restricted frenulum will often appear with a cleft at the tip, or present in a heart shape when the tongue is sticking out.

Tongue tie’ is a condition resulting in a restrictive or tight ‘lingual frenulum’, which is the connective tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Having a restricted or tight frenulum can impair the movement of the tongue, and can impact eating and speech. In infants and young children, it can impact their breast-feeding ability and social development.

There are several frenulum in the mouth that can develop such a way. Your lingual frenulum can be seen when you open your and point your tongue out and up. A person with tongue tie will have reduced mobility of the tongue and might not be able to poke their tongue out as far as others.

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The potential effects of tongue tie

Speech development

Tongue tie can often affect an individual’s speech. Some children with tongue tie can adjust their pronunciation of speech to sound relatively unimpeded, even those with a frenulum attached quite close to the tip of the tongue. However, a lot of children may not be able to compensate adequately, especially when talking quickly, where pronunciation and articulation can be impacted.

Dental health

Having a restricted movement of the tongue also prevents it from doing its job properly. Because the tongue cannot effectively sweep away food and debris or spread saliva, this can result in increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

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Eating and Digestion

Tongue tie can also make eating difficult. Children are not able to lick around their mouth, and some are even unable to lick their lips fully. In rare cases, a tongue tie can impact the mechanics of eating so much that it leads to digestive issues.

Social development

There is a strong link between effective communication, development, and self-esteem. A speech impediment, such as those caused by a tongue tie, can result in children having lowered self-esteem and may negatively impact on their social and overall development, and lead to frustration and distress from an inability to communicate like others.

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If left untreated, a tongue tie can result in:

  • Reduced oral hygiene
  • Weight gain due to impacted feeding or eating
  • Impacted development of correct speech, or potential failure to development pronunciation of certain speech sounds
  • Impediment of correct speech production
  • Difficulty or messy eating, inability to lick lips fully
  • Increased production of saliva
  • Inability to swallow normally, which may also create future orthodontic problems like open bite and crowded teeth.

Tongue tie treatment for adults

Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry Centre currently provides laser frenectomy services to adults. For treatment of tongue-tie in young children, we recommend speaking with a GP who will be able to refer to a children’s tongue-tie specialist.

The goals of tongue tie diagnosis and treatment is to ensure patients can achieve normal movement and motion of the tongue, allowing for effective function, as well as correct speech and eating.

The procedure involves:

  • Application of topical anaesthetic.
  • Tensioning the frenum.
  • Releasing frenulum with laser

Using dental lasers, a tongue tie can be treated without the need for general anaesthesia and blades, and provides much faster healing time. Dr King has held laser dentistry accreditation for over a decade, receiving extensive training and education, training using the Biolase and WaterLase methods.

The laser treatment process results in:

  • Laser cauterisation creates minimal bleeding.
  • Fast healing due to laser cauterisation.
  • Minimal pain and discomfort following the procedure.
  • Requires no general anaesthetic, only local anaesthetic in some instances.
  • More affordable that traditional surgery.
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10:00 31 Oct 20
I can’t speak more highly of the team at CLDC, they are amazing. I felt like a superstar, it’s 5 star treatment all the way. Dr. Yvonne King is a genius, she also has the warmest way when dealing with her patients. Thank you so so much, this has changed my life. Shout out also to Meg, Tony and Deb, you all rock. One last thing.... my teeth look amazing!
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09:53 31 Oct 20
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05:32 29 Oct 20
A most caring and thoughtful assessment of my general dental and gum health. The team at C&L Dentistry were professional and knowledgeable in the latest, most effective treatments and procedures. It's very reassuring to know there is a dental centre around like this one. They're worth travelling to should you live some distance away.
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Ilana S.
07:36 25 Oct 20
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Nat R.
11:32 24 Oct 20
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Lauren B.
11:55 22 Oct 20
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Sally C.
04:45 19 Oct 20
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Daniel P.
03:22 19 Oct 20
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Suzi M.
08:47 16 Oct 20
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Lisa C.
02:04 09 Oct 20
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Houman. He spent two hours doing a complex root canal and I was very comfortable the entire time. He is extremely skilled, professional and caring and I am so thankful to him for saving my tooth. I was also impressed with the gentle manner in which Dr. Houman asked his Dental nurse, Dinara, questions. What a great learning environment. Thank you CLDC
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Judith M.
12:08 03 Oct 20
Dr. King; a dedicated, astounding professional, together with her team; driven by excellence in customer satisfaction, prioritizes their patients care and well-being, advises and guides their patient’s appropriate needs for lasting outcomes.I have attended this dentistry clinic for the past 20 years and had positive experiences every time.I am so glad I found you all those years ago and gave you my trust: to take my “life smile” in your hands….A very happy long term customer.
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Liz L.
00:14 17 Jul 20
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Suzi C.
08:28 16 Jul 20
Well, firstly I must say that the whole family have been attending this clinic for approx 4 years . From all types of issues with teeth to just your general clean to implants, crown etc . For one of us that also has fear and anxiety of dentists too LOLI just can’t find the words to speak highly enough of this clinic. The entire staff is amazing , the service that we have all received has been outstanding. I don’t mind going to the dentist these days as the patience they have when I’m undergoing a procedure they make me feel at ease and relaxed . Their work is of extremely high standard. We travel approx 1 hour each way to come here and it’s totally worth it . Big thank you to everyone at Cosmetic and Laser Dentistryread more
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Susan M.
23:51 08 Jul 20
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Dejaye P.
06:12 30 Jun 20
I can’t emphasise enough how happy l am with my teeth.When seeing the end result it brought me to tears of happiness, l couldn’t express my gratitude enough!Not only did they exceed my expectations, the experience was amazing to say the least.The staff are so genuinely caring, helpful and an absolute pleasure to be around!I would definitely recommend anyone wanting to have any dental work done to go!I can’t thank Dr Yvonne King and all her wonderful staff enough for their amazing work,and welcoming feeling l experienced with every visit.read more
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Ruby
06:17 26 Jun 20
I had the best experience I’ve ever had with any dentist at CLDC. I opted for composite veneers and had them done by Dr Yvonne King.The first person I spoke to when I rang to book a consultation was Meg the treatment coordinator, and right from the start I was warmly welcomed. She is a lovely person, happy, bubbly person and is a pleasure to deal with.Dr Yvonne king did an amazing job of my teeth and completely changed my smile without shaving down any of my natural teeth, she really is amazing at what she does and you will not be disappointed. I had a slight issue afterwards due to my bite and slight chipping but the guys at CLDC were able to fit me in to get it fixed straight away with no hassle at all.Lastly, Dr Daniel maydelman also did a check up for me and this resulted in me needing a couple of fillings and some fissure seals. He is extremely thorough, gentle and really kind. I would highly recommend him as a dentist and will be coming here for my bi annual check ups from now on, despite living 40 mins away.Thank you guys!!read more
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Vyomika S.
03:56 11 Jun 20
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Sarah C.
11:58 10 Jun 20
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00:10 15 May 20
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Maryanne F.
22:59 19 Mar 20
I have been visiting for the last 12 years and would Recommend it highly to my family and friends. The staff has always been fantastic and very helpful always on time. I actually look forward for my appointment.
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handy J.
23:53 27 Feb 20
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MPVictoria
23:51 23 Feb 20
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Leann D.
23:56 16 Feb 20
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Sarah J.
00:02 11 Feb 20
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Hannah M.
23:52 09 Feb 20
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Monika G.
14:48 12 Dec 19
Thanks to all at CLDC for making my recent dental treatment a breeze. It was truly a positive experience. Having not visited a dentist for 3 years due to endless negative dental disasters in the preceding years, I was hopeful that CLDC could, and would, deliver what their website claims. Well deliver they did. The staff understood my initial apprehension; listened to what I needed to say, and were very supportive. Their professionalism, skills, and knowledge, helped restore my faith and trust in dentistry once again. Yvonne's skill in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry achieved an outstanding result, way above and beyond anything I'd imagined. I can finally give a full smile with my newly refreshed gleaming teeth! Feeling so happy, grateful, and confident! Anyone reading this review, and not sure, well just do it, you can't go wrong. Cheers Monikaread more
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Kirill R.
01:41 08 Dec 19
Very impressed1. Price is very fair2. Service is very thorough eg the clean lasted 45 minutes3. Communication is excellent . All of my concerns were listened4. I was given great advice and tools to deal with a gum issue that was cheap and effective5. Great way of delivering news instead of regular doom and gloom guilt tripping of dentistry
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Natalie T.
05:12 26 Nov 19
My experience at CLDC has been incredible! My teeth are straight now after having invisalign for only a year. I’ve always been told that invisalign wasnt suitable for my very crowded teeth, and that i would need traditional braces. That was not the case with cldc - i didnt even need any extractions!!Not only that, i used to go to a dentist every few months to get fillings. But i havent needed a single filling in the past year because the lovely team at Cldc have actually taught me how to properly care for my teeth and gums ever since my first consultation. My teeth & gums have never been this healthy in my life! Every single one of their staff members are super friendly and have made my fear of dentists disappear too. Thank you all so much! :)read more
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Jacqui C.
00:42 15 Nov 19
Currently on my last Invisalign aligner And can’t wait for Dr King to finish my smile with Composite bonding. I have researched so many cosmetic dentists and Dr Yvonne King’s work is above and beyond, she is a true artist.
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lou B.
01:47 04 Oct 19
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Robb A.
01:05 25 Sep 19
I first came into contact with Yvonne, Peter and the team in early 2013 when I asked for some information on whitening. I booked in and had a clean which in 44 years was unsurpassed, the care and attention to detail from the first contact is amazing, the team are cohesive and friendly. I have now introduced my daughter to the team.I trust and respect the teams commitment to my Teeth Heath.The family atmosphere take the trepidation out of my dental works.Love you guys
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Elizabeth A.
08:17 22 Sep 19
I’ve been to many a dentist in my lifetime, but never have I experienced such a homely, positive environment. From the moment I walked in, the staff were all so nice to me and Dr King gave me my dream smile. Best dentist, I would highly recommend!
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Tynan P.
02:23 22 Sep 19
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Simone M.
21:05 15 Sep 19
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Carol B
08:01 13 Sep 19
I couldn’t be more happy with the service and my new teeth/smile! Thanks to all that work there and have interacted with me. Definitely recommend!Carol
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Heni J.
01:41 13 Sep 19
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okey D.
11:29 11 Sep 19
Dr King and her team are wonderful. Very professional and friendly. They gave me a beautiful, natural smile and I can’t thank them enough. I would highly recommend Dr King and all of her staff to help you achieve the smile you always wanted. I am 61 yrs and it’s never too late. I wanted the best and Dr King is the best. Thankyou everyone at CLDC. Regards Wayne.
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Chloe F.
09:32 11 Sep 19
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Tony K.
06:44 11 Sep 19
I was absolutely enamored at the result I achieved with my Invisalign treatment, so very happy that I can finally smile, no longer being self-conscious about my misaligned teeth. Dr King’s attention to detail is second to none. Thank you so much for everything. xx
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Loretta O.
06:51 02 Sep 19
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Cindy B.
10:24 07 Aug 19
I’m so in love with my smile now. I had no idea how limited my smile was. It’s not just about perfect teeth but you have actually changed my smile. Thrilled. Thank you so much xxxx
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Marian D.
11:52 22 Sep 18
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Yvuj Ollabac E.
02:55 06 Apr 18
Dr Yvonne was caring and very professional towards my son. She explained it thoroughly in a way that a child can understand the procedure. Many thanks to Debbie and Tony for accommodating us in, in a very short notice. Staff are very good and professional!#jobwelldone#frenectomy
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Ingrid P.
23:31 29 Dec 17
Yvonne King is amazing!!! Love my new smile, got exactly what I asked for and look so natural, highly recommend, thank you so much.
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Nadine W.
03:46 01 Dec 17
These guys are amazing. Extremely Caring and go above and beyond anything you ask. They make you feel like part of the family.
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Marty M.
04:05 17 Oct 17
I have been attending CLDC for many many years and have never had any issues. They have warm and friendly staff and have looked after all the woes I've had with my teeth, including Invisalign! If you're on the fence about going to a dentist, I highly recommend CLDC.
Tanya Lee
Tanya L.
09:28 06 Sep 17
Had my veneers done here and couldn't recommend them more. Very professional and friendly staff. from my first visit I felt very well looked after and I'm so happy with how my veneers turned out
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Kim J.
11:15 20 Apr 17
It was a fabulous experience from start to a very beautiful smiling finish! Fabulous staff, professional & caring. Love my new smile. Highly recommend Yvonne King & her team. Thank you again.
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Andrew D.
00:42 21 Nov 15
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Gillie R.
10:30 23 Apr 15
Today I bumped into someone that I hadn't seen for years. I was told I look amazing! I am 61. For 58 years I was embarrassed to smile because of my teeth and covered my mouth when I spoke. Two and a half years ago Dr King and staff gave me a smile. Now when I bump into friends, I give them a great big grin and they know just how happy and more confident I am. Your generosity and kindness will never be forgotten.Thank you so much Yvonne and girls for making my life a happier one :)
Tynne Sanders
Tynne S.
10:06 20 Mar 15
Love my new teeth. I am so happy with the results.
Tynne Sanders
Tynne S.
10:03 20 Mar 15
I love my new teeth, the are better than I expected. Thank you.
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Bayram Yasar T.
07:11 25 Feb 15
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Bayram Yasar T.
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Sean S.
11:36 23 Oct 13
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