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How Does Tongue Reduction Surgery Work?

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Dental ChairAn abnormally large tongue is a rare condition that primarily affects children than adults. Medically called macroglossia, the condition can cause challenges with breathing, speech, and feeding. It can also impact the facial appearance and lead to misaligned teeth and jaws. In adults, macroglossia is usually a symptom of an underlying disorder like obstructive sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, or a malignant tumor. Fortunately, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can treat macroglossia through tongue reduction surgery.

What Is Tongue Reduction Surgery?

Tongue reduction is a surgical procedure performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) to reduce the size of an enlarged tongue. The treatment reduces the tongue size, restoring regular dental functions. It also helps overcome issues like drooling, speech problems, and feeding difficulties. It can avert the progress of malignant tumors and alleviate the symptoms of underlying maxillofacial conditions.

Who Is the Right Candidate for Tongue Reduction Surgery?

Anyone with an overly enlarged tongue can be a candidate for tongue reduction surgery. If you or your child has breathing difficulties, feeding problems, or speech impediments because of an oversized tongue, reduction surgery can help.

However, some situations might not require surgery. An OMS will conduct several tests to determine if the condition warrants surgery. Treating the underlying cause of the issue can help restore your tongue to its regular size.

Types of Tongue Reduction Surgery

There are two main types of tongue reduction surgeries, including keyhole surgery and genioglossus advancement. Keyhole tongue reduction surgery removes excess tissue. Conversely, genioglossus advancement alters the tongue muscles attached to the hyoid bone, creating more room for your tongue and alleviating obstructive sleep apnea symptoms.

Benefits of Tongue Reduction Surgery

Tongue reduction surgery can be beneficial to oral and maxillofacial functions. It resolves breathing and speech problems caused by an overly enlarged tongue. It also prevents drooling in children and helps with feeding. Tongue reduction surgery restores your taste sensation. Most importantly, it can help treat chronic conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, promote better sleep quality, and improve your quality of life.

Contact Our Practice Today

Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the experience and expertise to perform tongue reduction surgery. Contact our practice to schedule a preliminary examination and learn if your condition warrants surgery.

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