The Importance of a Properly Placed Tongue
In order to have a proper swallowing pattern one must have a tongue that is free enough to be properly positioned in the mouth during rest or swallowing. An improperly placed tongue is one that is low in the mouth during rest either due to muscle hypotonia (lacks the proper muscle strength to be where it should) or its movement is restricted by the lingual Frenum. The lingual Frenum is the band of tissue you can see under your tongue when you lift your tongue to touch the top of your mouth.
The lingual Frenum is not able to be stretched due to the type of tissue it is made up of. Therefore it must be snipped to free the tongue to be able to make normal movements. HPBT recommends using a laser for this procedure since it makes this procedure less uncomfortable and the area will heal faster if a laser is used.
Even when the Frenum is removed, many people still need to reestablish the proper muscle tone back into the tongue muscle. Correcting a lifetime of an abnormal breathing pattern can sometimes involve more than the typical quick fix, but the results can be very significant for the athlete and make the effort and treatment quite worthwhile.
Please see below selections of supporting research HPBT doctors utilize to justify the use of laser vs. standard surgical procedures.
Laser: The Torch of Freedom for Ankyloglossia
Tongue being highly vascular and mobile structure, laser-assisted lingual frenectomy is the simplest, safest and less traumatic of all the treatment modalities available, with most promising results in minimally invasive dentistry.
Lingual Frenectomy: a Comparison Between the Conventional Surgical andLaser Procedure
Results: The results indicated that the Nd:Yap laser has the following advantages when compared to the conventional frenectomy: 1) soft tissue cutting was efficient, with no bleeding, giving a clear operative field; 2) there was no need to use sutures; 3) the surgery was less time-consuming; 4) there was no postsurgical infection and no need for analgesics or antibiotics; 5) wound contraction and scarring were decreased or eliminated; 6) despite the initial slowness of the healing process, the complete and final recovery was faster. Conclusion: Considering the above elements, it is possible to assert that the laser frenectomy has a series of unquestionable advantages if compared to the conventional surgical technique.
Lingual Frenulum: Changes After Frenectomy
Thirty days after surgery, the subjects had the shape of the tip of the tongue and its movements improved. Lip closure and speech were also improved.
Frenectomy is efficient to improve tongue posture, tongue mobility, oral functions, and oral communication.
Influence of Posture on Swallowing
RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:
This study showed that swallowing is able to modulate postural control and it can be a determining factor in postural syndromes that, if not promptly intercepted, may evolve into full-blown and irreversible musculoskeletal disorders for which treatment often proves ineffective.