Welcome to the Wisconsin Tongue-Tie Center

A part of BKS Dental Group, the Wisconsin Tongue-Tie Center was created to help children and adults find immediate relief from tongue-tie symptoms and treatment for problems they cause down the line. Not only do we focus on dental health but overall health. With tongue-tie surgery, we’re able to help our patients improve their oral health and their lives.

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Immediate Tongue-Tie Relief in 3 Easy Steps

Children and adults exhibit different symptoms of having tongue-tie, however, both can benefit from the surgery. If you recognize any of the symptoms in yourself or your child, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further problems down the line.

1. Recognize Symptoms

Both children and adults can show symptoms of tongue-tie that can have long-term effects.

2. Request Appointment

Find out if tongue-tie treatment is right for you or your child at The Wisconsin Tongue Tie Center.

3. Improve Life

Tongue-tie surgery provides makes immediate improvements and prevents future problems from occurring.

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Recognizing the Symptoms of Tongue-Tie

Children and adults exhibit different symptoms of having tongue-tie, however, both can benefit from the surgery. If you recognize any of the symptoms in yourself or your child, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further problems down the line.

Symptoms in infants

  • Difficulty latching when breastfeeding
  • Chews more than sucks
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Acts fussy when feeding
  • Feeds for long periods with short periods of rest between
  • Acts hungry often
  • Makes clicking sounds when feeding
  • Tongue can’t move side to side
  • Tongue can’t reach the roof of the mouth
  • Tongue won’t stick out past the gums

Symptoms in Older Children & Adults

  • Tongue appears heart-shaped or notched when stuck out
  • Tongue can’t stick out further than lower front teeth
  • Cannot move the tongue to the roof of the mouth or side to side
  • Speech problems such as a lisp
  • Tongue interferes with speaking, eating or reaching back teeth
  • Poor oral health
  • Experiences TMJ
  • Has sleep apnea
  • Gapped or crowded teeth
  • Overbite

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Effects of Untreated Tongue-Tie

When a tongue-tie goes untreated it can have serious effects on both infants and adults. To start, infants might stop breastfeeding altogether. As the infant grows into a child, they may struggle to eat solid foods, develop speech later than others, and experience dental hygiene difficulties. Children can also develop all of the symptoms listed above as they grow into adulthood.

Tongue-Tie Surgery (Frenectomy)

If you suspect you or your child could benefit from a tongue tie surgery, please start by scheduling a consultation with us. During your consultation, we will determine if the surgery is necessary.

The surgery itself is a simple procedure. We use a dental laser, the LightScapel C02 soft tissue laser to cut the frenulum free to allow the tongue to move in a free range of motion. Since we use a dental laser, only small amounts of anesthesia are necessary to complete the treatment with little discomfort. It also reduces bleeding during the procedure and promotes a faster healing time than traditional methods. This method is also quiet and doesn’t require any stitches or sutures following the procedure.

Although the treatment causes minimal discomfort, we recommend for patients to avoid spicy, sharp, and acidic foods for the first 72 hours post-surgery. If there is any discomfort or pain, patients should take over the counter pain relievers. During the healing process, a white scab will form. Continue to brush and floss as normal and avoid messing with the scab. Patients will fully recover in 7 to 10 days.
Yes! Your baby should feel well enough within an hour to begin feeding again.

Frequently Asked Questions

A tongue-tie, or Tethered Oral Tissue (TOT), is the mucous membrane that connects the middle undersurface of the tongue to the roof of the mouth. The Mucous membrane is called a frenulum.
A lip tie is a mucous membrane that connects the upper lip to the gum tissue. When the frenulum is too thick, it can restrict the movement of the lips.
No, adults who never treated their tongue or lip tie as children can also benefit from the surgery.
Yes, sometimes the frenulum can loosen itself naturally to free the tongue. Please visit us for an evaluation to determine if surgery is right for you or your child.
A dental laser provides the most comfort for our patients. Its heat doesn’t affect deeper tissues and promotes a faster healing time. In addition, it reduces the risk of infection since it cauterizes the area.
If you or your child need a frenectomy and don’t receive it, it can affect overall oral health and lead to other issues down the road like speech problems, sleep apnea, TMJ, cavities, and much more.