Why Did I Release My Adult Tongue Tie?

I got my tongue tie released today.  Immediately upon stating that, I was bombarded with questions.  I felt like blogging would be the best method of answering them all.  If you have any questions remaining at the end of this blog, feel free to ask them in the comments.

Why did I get my tongue tie released at 30 years old?

My reasons for getting my tongue tie corrected are manyfold.  First, because there are many symptoms associated with tongue tie that I experience.  Frequent headaches, digestive issues, shoulder and neck tension, jaw pain.  All of these things are or have been a problem for me in the past.  There is no proof clipping an adult tongue tie will help with these issues, but I figured it was worth a shot.

Second, because I have gotten two of my children revised (each twice!) in the past, and I want to know what I put them through.

Third, because of needing to have each of my children revised twice, I wanted to experience the process of healing a revision without allowing it to heal restricted again.

And fourth, because I’m a dork and I wanted to know what it would be like to have normal movement with my tongue!

What was it like?

Shew.  It wasn’t terrible.  They checked my mouth and took a few “before” pictures, then put some analgesic cream on the lingual frenum (the tight bit under my tongue).  A few minutes later, I felt numb and he injected numbing medicine into the area under my tongue.  We chatted for another minute or two until I felt like I was sufficiently numbed, and he started.  I closed my eyes, and I knew he was using a tool to lift my tongue although I couldn’t feel it at all.  I wasn’t even sure when he started cutting, except that I immediately could smell hot, burning flesh… but I still couldn’t feel anything.  No pressure, no pulling, no burning.  I didn’t feel a thing.

He clipped for 40 seconds?  Maybe just a little bit more.  When he was done, he asked me to lift my tongue up and back like he had before, and my tongue TOUCHED the roof of my mouth.  It was honestly the ODDEST sensation.  That part of the roof of my mouth had never been touched by the tip of my tongue before.  I laughed a little maniacally.

He took a few after pictures, and we talked a little bit about the aftercare, and then I came home.

What do I think?

This one is hard to be objective.  It didn’t hurt for a good while after.  Then the numbing medicine wore off, and it began to ache.  Then I did my first set of stretches, and holy mackerel.  It hurt.  It hurt bad.  I began sucking on ice, and trying not to move my tongue as much as possible.  I finally broke down and took some Ibuprofen.  Currently, it hurts but not excruciating.  There was no bleeding.  No stitches.  I can swallow with LESS effort than before I had it released.  Talking is a little painful, but my speech hasn’t been affected at all.  I can stick my tongue out nearly twice as far as I could before.  I can lick my back molars.  There may be more that I don’t know I can do yet, as I’m being a little hesitant about playing with it!

I’ll try to update at the end of this blog as it heals.  But here are some before and after pictures!

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Pre on Left – Post on Right

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Actual incision size.

8 hours post-op:  My tongue feels swollen.  The area under my tongue feels swollen.  When I stretch it as hard as I can, it tears a little.  It is exquisitely tender.  I can chew, swallow and talk.  My breath is terrible.  The pain/aching is less.  All in all, still ambivalent about how I feel about this procedure.

 

  • Samantha guerra

    I have suspected that it hurt pretty bad to do the stretches and after the stretches were done that it would hurt (bc you tear it open again). I know Joey almost completely stopped nursing after his TT was revised. When I gave him pain meds though he would nurse like a dream come true.

    After about 4 days, I stopped doing the stretching. I would do other exercises to get him to move his tongue to keep it stretched out. I gave him plenty of meds so that he would want to move it. I figured that if he was hestitant to move his tongue that the chance of a restrict attachment would greatly increase bc the site of the incision was closed onto itself.
    It took about three full weeks of giving meds until he could nurse well without it.
    He does have a frenulum. It did regrow, but it is not restrictive. He has full extension, with an open mouth! Everyone who had evaluated him are amazed at how well he can move his tongue.

    My thoughts are this: if we are constantly tearing the site open, how can it heal?

    • Grissel

      I have tongue tie and I want to get it
      clipped I am just afraid of the cost of the surgery? any estimates please?

  • goldenet

    I’d be very interested in hearing any improvements you might be experiencing once it fully heals.

  • raekat11

    I just discovered your blog while researching why my little guy may be having trouble nursing. I have been trying to explain to people, including my husband, that something is “off” with his ability to breast feed. He has such a hard time! Watching him, his latch is completely different from how my first latched. Then I read about your Ruby, and so glad I did! My guy has the most severe level of the maxillary labial frenum as well. So glad to have found an answer!!!!

  • Jennifer

    My toddler is in need of a tongue-tie revision. I have been agonizing over the research and decision for months (who to see, local anesthesia and how to handle the possible emotional trauma at this age). You mentioned Charlotte in Ruby’s story. Dr. McMurtry is a dentist in Charlotte that performs laser revision. Is there a reason you did not use him? I would be grateful for any info or insight you may have.

    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy A

      Yes Jennifer! It was because I did not know he existed! If I were to have another baby with another tie, we would go see Dr McMurtry. :)

  • Andrea Mc Laughlin

    Hi
    I have a 2 year old nearly 3 …got her checked for tongue tied last year they said she was in border line she now is at speech therapy…now she is complaining of a very sore roof of mouth. .is this due to tongue tied. docs and dentist do not know what is wrong with her as she has no sores or ulsurs in mouth ..that r sending her now to another type of specialist. Any suggestions would be great.
    Thanks Andrea

    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy A

      Hey Andrea – I apologize I haven’t responded before now. I was not notified of this new comment! I have not ever experienced pain in the roof of my mouth due to tongue tie or tongue tie release – and as far as I am aware, none of my children have either. I hope you get some answers to your problem. :(

  • Lauren Johnson

    i had my tongue released in January this year and I have had two blood blisters underneath my tongue in the area where I have no sensation. I just wondered if you had any pain at all when you lift up your tongue? I am 23 also! thanks!

    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy A

      Hey Lauren – I don’t tend to have any pain at all when I lift my tongue. My scar tissue has healed tighter than my original tie, which is frustrating, but it isn’t painful for me. Is it possible that you need to have it looked at again?

  • Jon C

    How are your Headaches. have they gone away?

  • AndreaH

    Hello,
    Is there a way to prevent a tight scar tissue formation?
    I’m considering a frenectomy for my slight tongue tie (Swallowing is kind of tense/difficult, since I have a high palate), but I’m worried about possible complications. :/
    Thanks in advance.

  • Marko

    Hi, did you have excessive saliva prior to the procedure? I’m 24 and also tongue tied and have excessive saliva in my mouth. Was wondering if having my tongue tie clipped would change that. Thinks!

  • Louise

    Hi Mandy,
    I´m curious if you have experienced any relief regarding your headaches, digestion problems or tension?
    I´ve had the same problem as long as I can remember and just heard that my tongue tie could be a contributing factor and considering to just get it done.

    Best regards
    Louise

    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com/about-this-blogger/admin/ Mandy

      Hey Louise – I’m sorry that I didn’t respond sooner. This blog has been a little neglected since the third child. :)

      Headaches and shoulder tension saw improvement. Swallowing became easier. Digestion still hasn’t changed much. Good luck!

  • sophie

    Please please please help me! I’m so glad to hear of someone who isnt a baby having this procedure done as I could find literally nothing online for months, this is the first thing I’ve found. Anyway, I was just wondering if you could possibly tell me where you got this done and how much it cost as I really want to get my tongue tie sorted out as I’m old enough now (16) and juat want to know how much I need to save up and who I can ask, thank you so much! x

    • Miah Lee

      Hi Sophie!
      I just got a lingual frenectomy done 2 days ago and I am 26.
      Most insurances cover the lingual frenectomy.
      The procedure only took about 20 mins with local anesthetic.
      Does not hurt at all, but the tongue is still sore. Almost like a pillow.
      If you can, get it done.

  • Steven

    I’ve been having problems with my tongue being short for a long time. It wasn’t until the last couple of weeks that I realized that it was a problem, so I started doing research, it wasn’t until I came across this blog entry that I made the decision to make an appointment with my dentist regarding it. I have since set up the appointments, and although my procedure doesn’t sound like it’s going to be as easy going as yours was, this article really gave me the incentive to have the procedure done. Just thought that you would like to know. Thanks!

  • Anna

    I had my tongue revised almost 3 weeks ago and it still feels numb, or maybe it’s a burned feeling…on the tip….anyone ever had that and if so did it wake up eventually? The roof of my mouth is also sore. I’m 37.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience here.
    I’m hoping my tongue tie release will help elevate my chronic pain.

    • Saskia Scaddan

      Hi Anna, have you had an improvement in the chronic pain you were experiencing, and did sensation in your tongue tip return? I am 33, I just had a tongue tie release 2 days ago and my tongue tip is starting to feel odd. Thanks! Saskia

      • jhg886

        Hi Anna and Saskia,
        I had my lingual frenectomy over 1 week ago and am still having the same burning, numb and prickly pain sensation at my tongue tip. Did your issues resolve? Thanks!

        • Saskia

          Hi there, it’s been about 4 months since mine now and yes my numb tongue tip did resolve! Maybe took a month to 6 weeks? I can’t actually remember now. Still when I stretch my tongue out and down I can feel a pulling sensation on top but not to the extent it bothers me. I would say give it a few more weeks and it should resolve!

          • jhg886

            Thanks so much for your response! I’m glad to hear about your eventual recovery. Yes, I do indeed get a strange and unpleasant pulling/numb sensation at the very tip of my tongue, especially when I flex my tongue and point it in any direction. I’m glad I’m not going crazy and I certainly do hope this resolves in time. Best wishes!

          • Saskia

            It’s actually only been 3 months not 4, and it’s been a while since I’ve noticed it. I still like to do some tongue stretches now and then because my scar tissue does tighten up but it’s ok. So yes, most likely yours will improve. Good luck 😊

  • Donna

    I am a 56 yr old female with braces!!!! Low and behold I was just diagnosed as being tongue tied! I have always been a mouth breather, have significant “cross bite”, a “crooked smile”, experience frequent headaches, and neck aches. I have also been told I don’t swallow correctly (imagine that – after all these years?). I have been given a few simple exercises to do and have elastics strapped in all directions on my braces….but still, my tongue keeps pushing on the back of my top front teeth – counter productive to the braces I suppose(??). I am considering having my tongue clipped. How long was your total healing period and what past problems were solved for you? Would you do it again?

  • Leanne I Batley

    Hi All,
    I had my tongue tie procedure this year in April at age 58! I have suffered with Tempro mandibular joint disfunction for many years & have always thrust my jaw (in a forward direction) which of course has an effect on your posture.
    I only discovered my tongue tie when I decided to do the course on Orofacial Myology & we were checking each other out in the class… because I was going to make this part of my Dental career I decided to have the frenectomy… healing took about 3 weeks & the use of Kenalog for ulcers was essential. I started exercises when the sutures dissolved about 10 to 15 days.
    I am now practicing OFM therapy & find it very useful in discussions with patients on next steps etc. I live in Sydney Australia we are just beginning to see the benefits of OFM Therapy & helping people make informed decisions on this procedure my business is called Balancing Your Smile with OFM look for me on FB regards
    Leanne

  • http://n/a Anthony

    Has your speech improved after you fully recovered from the procedure? Thanks.

  • Cris

    Did you get any relapse like your tongue shortening after it healed?

  • Samantha

    I have a tongue tie and it does not bother me at all! Should I still get the surgery?

  • Cathy Guevara

    Did you problems swallowing pills as a result of being tongue tied? My 28 year old son has a priblem swallowing pills (he has to take liquid medication if he is sick) and also has a gag thing when he eats meat.

    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy A

      I personally didn’t have those problems, but anecdotally they are associated with ties.

    • Tori

      I am 23 with a tongue tie. I could not swallow a pill until I was 16… And I was forcing myself. I still have trouble.

  • avery

    have your health alignments due to being tongue tied gotten any better or possibly even fixed? lol a girl can hope

  • Nalazoo Tribez

    Thank you for sharing your story about your revision.

    For those with little ones with tongue or lip ties – if you are in doubt about having the procedure done, please read this article:
    http://www.mouthmattersbook.com/2013/12/08/facial-meltdown-if-a-form-in-nature-isnt-beautiful-something-is-wrong/

    Additionally, a tongue tie or lip tie is considered a midline defect. Midline defects can also affect you internally with things like GI issues, spinal curvature, spina bifida, and more. I highly recommend if you have a tongue tie or lip tie to research MTHFR and methylation, especially if you have a family history of chronic health issues.