If your child has tongue tie, he or she will be referred to a speech pathologist. This specialist can determine if your child has a speech impediment and if it will respond to speech therapy. In some cases, this can correct the problem. The therapy will involve special exercises to help the tongue move more easily.
A surgeon can use a scalpel or a laser to remove a frenum. While a laser produces less bleeding, it can't always be used. In some cases, stitches are needed.
The surgery can be done in as little as 10 to 15 minutes.
Bleeding and infection are a risk of any procedure. However, they are both rare after a frenectomy. Antibiotics are seldom prescribed.
A frenectomy in the lower jaw to correct the fit of dentures can bruise the nerve that gives feeling to the lower lip and chin. This will cause numbness in the area. It can last at some level for several months. However, your lip will not droop. The nerve does not affect movement, only feeling. With careful surgical technique, this is also rare.
If your tongue still does not move freely a month or more after a lingual frenectomy, contact your surgeon. However, you may simply need to wait longer for the area to heal completely.