Tongue-tie, is a congenital oral anomaly which may decrease mobility of the tongue tip and is caused by an unusually short, thick lingual frenulum, a membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
This shortened frenulum is typically treated when you are a child - but it is increasingly being performed on adults.
Why an Adult Frenectomy?
A frenectomy can improve a patient's ability to eat and swallow properly by alleviating some of the tension caused by a tight or shortened frenulum and allowing the tongue to move more naturally within the mouth. Patients who correct a shortened frenulum also experience a decrease in facial tension and more comfortable speech - especially during long periods of talking when the tongue and mouth would otherwise become more quickly fatigued.
Frenectomies are not without potential complications. If the frenectomy is under-corrected, the full benefit may not be realized and would require more revisions. An over-correction, although rare, can have irreversible implications or longer term complications. The same is true if damage is done to the salivary glands, which lie at the floor of the mouth.