Lingual frenectomy is a surgical procedure to release the lingual frenulum and can have various functional improvements.

1. Speech Improvement: Lingual frenectomy can help improve speech articulation, especially in cases where your child is having difficultly pronouncing certain sounds like “l,” “r,” and “th.”

2. Feeding and Swallowing: For infants and young children, a lingual frenectomy can enhance breastfeeding by allowing for better latch and suckling. In adults and older children, it can aid in proper chewing and swallowing, reducing issues like choking or food getting stuck in the throat.

3. Sleep Quality: In some cases, lingual frenectomy can alleviate sleep disturbances related to tongue tie, such as snoring or sleep apnea, by allowing for improved tongue mobility and positioning during sleep.

It’s important to note that the specific benefits may vary depending on the individual and the severity of their lingual frenulum restriction. It’s essential to have a functional assessment with either an IBCLC, speech therapist, a Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist trained in or Oral Motor Function as well as a consult with Dr. Levine to determine if a lingual frenectomy is appropriate for your child

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