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Tongue tie (otherwise known as ankyloglossia) is when the tip of the tongue is anchored to the floor of the mouth.

There are varying degrees of a tongue tie in which some will require attention from a practitioner while some will not. A Tongue tie may extend all the way to the tip or it may extend partially to the tip resulting in a partial tongue tie. There is also a condition called posterior tongue tie in which the tongue tie is hidden under the tongue lining.

Challenges a person with a tongue tie may face include:

  • Speech issues
  • Incorrect swallowing patterns due to tongue ties can give rise to various types of malocclusion
  • Pain in the jaws
  • TMJ & Chronic Head and Neck Pain
  • Crowded teeth
  • Protrusion of the lower jaws, inferior prognathism
  • Posture can be influenced by a short lingual fraenum
  • a tendency to have inflamed gums, and increased need for fillings and extractions
  • Sensitivity about personal appearance
  • Tongue tie in the elderly often makes it difficult to keep a denture in place

It is never too late for a person to have their tongue-tie released. The benefits for some people can be life changing and well worth the time and effort. If you suffer from any of these symptoms and suspect you have a tongue tie please contact our Calgary office for an evaluation.