The tongue is an organ that plays an important part in our daily lives. Swallowing, eating, and speaking all require the work of the tongue muscles. A tongue tie is a clinical situation that occurs when the lingual frenum, a piece of soft tissue on the underside of the tongue, is attached very near or at the tip of the tongue. You may feel some restriction in the movement of the tongue especially in extending the tongue outwards. This may affect speech to a certain extent and also cause some discomfort.
Our dental specialist/ dentist will find out the details of your medical and dental history, go through a consultation and examination and take a digital X-ray of your teeth to enable a thorough and detailed diagnosis.
Thereafter our dentists will discuss with you to recommend the most appropriate solution for your needs.
The correction of a tongue tie condition is a simple minor oral surgical procedure performed under local anaesthesia. In the case of young children between the ages of 2 to 6 years old, it is generally recommended for the procedure to be performed under general anaesthesia.
During the procedure, our dental specialist/ dentist will remove the soft tissue (lingual frenum) with a surgical blade, electric knife or a laser. The surgical site will then be closed with resorbable sutures and a pressure pack applied.
This procedure takes about an hour to complete.
Follow Up Care
Under local anaesthesia, the operation site will be numb for about 6 to 8 hours. During this time, go on a soft diet and stay away from hot foods/ drinks. Cold soothing foods like ice cream is recommended. You will be able to resume normal diet from the second day onwards. You can resume other normal daily activities almost immediately.
If the procedure is performed under intravenous sedation, rest on the day of the procedure is recommended before resuming normal activities on the second day.
Post-surgery, you may experience some facial swelling or pain. There may also be some blood oozing from the wound during the first few days. If bleeding occurs, apply clean folded gauze to the wound and bite on it firmly for 5 minutes. If you taste blood, swallow instead of spitting it out. Rinsing or spitting during the initial 24 hours after surgery will disturb the wound and cause more bleeding. Frequent gauze change or frequent mouth rinsing disrupts the blood clotting process and promotes bleeding. Pressure gauze pack change should be done at 30 minutes intervals, if necessary.
1 day after surgery, rinse the mouth gently with an antiseptic mouthwash or with warm salt water after meals, and before going to bed.
|Consultation||$80 – $200|
|Tongue Tie Surgery||$1,600 – 1,900|
*All fees are subject to 7% Singapore Goods and Services Tax.
*All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
The information provided above is of a general nature only as you would need to be examined by our dental specialists/ dentists in order to confirm the best treatment option for you.
For sedation; there will be an additional fee for an Anaesthesiologist to administer the sedation, which is about SGD$750 – SGD$1,000 per hour.
For general anaesthesia, besides the fees for an Anaesthesiologist, operating theatre costs and admissions cost into the hospital may be incurred.
If you are a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore, Medisave may be utilized to partially cover the applicable fees for tongue tie surgery. The amount ranges based on the complexity of the surgery and the final amount covered will be decided by the CPF Board.
For more details on Medisave coverage, please visit our Medisave page.
Specialist Dental Group’s Tongue Tie Surgery team comprises of internationally qualified dental specialists/ dentists from the specialty areas of oral & maxillofacial surgery(reconstructive dentistry), periodontics (gum treatment) and paediatric dentistry (children’s dentistry).
We can usually schedule for you to see our dental specialists/ dentists within 24 hours and depending on your dental condition, it may be possible for you to go ahead with Tongue Tie Surgery on the same day as your initial consultation.