Tongue Tie

Tongue Tie Surgery in London with American Smile

Tongue Tie Specialists in Chelsea

As well as in new-borns, adults can also be affected by a tongue-tie or restricted tongue (it doesn’t have to be to-the-tip of the tongue) as the tissue does not stretch out or disappear. It might not have been diagnosed at birth but a tongue tie may be causing issues affecting breathing, reflux and a number of other symptoms.

The best quick self-assessment you can do at home is to open your mouth wide and lift up your tongue and try to touch behind your top teeth. Look in a mirror, and if you can only lift about halfway or less, there is therefore significant tongue restriction, meaning the mobility is limited.

Even if you are able to lift the tongue up past halfway, you may be raising the floor of the mouth and 'compensating', meaning you could have restricted tongue mobility but a functionally 'normal' appearance. However, there are several symptoms that are much more pertinent than simply the appearance of your tongue in order to properly diagnose a tongue-tie/tongue restriction.

Dr. Suraj Vatish

Tongue Tie Surgeon

GDC No. 259241

What are the main symptoms of tongue tie ?

Typically tongue-tied adults will present the following symptoms:

  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Sleeping difficulties (snoring, teeth grinding, sleep apnoea, poor quality of sleep, feeling fatigued/run down)
  • Slow eating or trouble swallowing pills
  • Speech difficulties (getting tired when talking, mumbling, stuttering, or a history of speech therapy or speech delay as a child)
  • Breathing issues (mouth breathing)
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Reflux

You may not present all of these issues, for example some adults may have perfect speech but still have a tongue-tie, but tongue restriction may be contributing to a number of these problems.

Book your consultation

How Does Tongue Tie Surgery (Frenectomy) Work?

We release a tongue tie in adults with the state-of-the-art CO2 laser that removes the restriction and closes the cut with dissolvable sutures. This procedure is more complete than the traditional method with scissors as we can visualize the whole restriction and selectively remove the connective tissue / fibres that are keeping your tongue from normal mobility.

The procedure is virtually painless using just a local anaesthetic on the treatment area (no sedation required) but may be sore afterward for up to 1 week. Most adults notice results within the first couple of days with less neck tension and higher quality sleep within the first week or so.

Tongue Tie Treatment London

As Featured In…

We have combined the inside knowledge and experience of American, Brazilian, European and British dentistry to bring you the most advanced, evidence-based techniques to design a smile you will love and be empowered to maintain.