Adult Tongue Tie (Ankyloglossia) and Its Treatment Tongue tie (otherwise known as ankyloglossia) is when the tip of the tongue is anchored to the floor of the mouth. Tongue tie may extend all the way to the tip or it may extend partially to the tip resulting in a partial tongue tie. Read more on the treatment.
Adult tongue-tie surgery changed Michelle’s life. Tongue function and its role in dental health is a hot topic at the moment. Infant tongue-tie and its impact on dental, breathing, and sleep health have seen a recent spike in attention.Author: Dr Steven Lin.
In adult patients, the tongue-tie can manifest itself as chronic TMJ, headaches/migranes, head and neck tightness, snoring and sleep apnea as well as chiropractic adjustment that won’t hold. The frenulum beneath the tongue is made up of thick collagen fibers which have only an ever-so-slight ability to stretch.
Because a tongue-tie in children is rarely treated, I see a lot of ankyloglossia in adults. By the time I see this in adult patients, years and decades of adaption have occurred. Therapists will very often and repeatedly treat the symptoms of a tongue-tie, for example, a degenerative neck, without addressing the causative circumstances.