Tongue Tie Specialist in London Clinic in Chelsea

Children may be born with a combination of conditions called a tongue tie and/or a lip tie, causing restrictions in tongue movement. This can result in difficulty with breastfeeding and, in some instances, other health problems such as speech difficulties, airway difficulties and digestive issues. These can generally be corrected by a simple procedure called a frenectomy.

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How Does Tongue Tie Surgery (Frenectomy) Work?

More and more, parents are opting for a safe, fast-healing laser frenectomy. Rather than using scissors, we use a laser for all of our frenectomies at Happy Kids Dental because we believe the laser has superior healing properties.

At Happy Kids Dental nology - The Epic™ X Laser, developed by Biolase. This is a diode laser and is recognised worldwide as the best method for tongue tie and lip tie treatment.

There are multiple benefits to using this laser:

  • Efficiency - the procedure takes less than 30mins and no stitches are necessary.
  • A diode laser works with light energy so there is very little discomfort. There is almost no bleeding and some babies and children sleep through the procedure.
  • The laser sterilises upon touch, therefore the risk of infection is minimal, if any.
  • Healing occurs quicker and without complications. The result is healthy, well-healed tissue with less chance of reattachment (relapse).

At Happy Kids Dental we may only use topical anaesthetic during frenectomy, since it is a painless procedure when performed with a Biolase laser.

Benefits of laser tongue tie procedure

Frenectomy process at Happy Kids Dental

Upon receipt of a referral letter from your GP, pediatrician, lactation practitioner or a speech therapist, please contact us to schedule a consultation with our paediatric dentists Dr. Zoi and Dr. Dania at our Chelsea location.


Tongue Tie Clinic London

Initial consultation with Dr Suraj or Dr Dania. This appointment is approximately 20 mins and the cost is £150. Here your child will receive a full examination of tongue or lip tie, medical history checked and discussion on the next step.

If your child is age 1-5 years old we need to assess cooperation and compliance in the dental chair and if required book laser frenectomy on a separate visit.

In the event your child does not need a frenectomy procedure our Tongue Tie specialist will discuss alternative options with you and thoroughly explain why decision was made not to release tongue or lip tie


Tongue Tie Surgery

We strive to accommodate our patients and offer treatments on the same day, whenever possible. A laser frenectomy procedure takes around 30 minutes and costs £350.


Tongue Tie Specialist

A review appointment will be aranged for your child around 7-10 days later to assess the healing process. This appointment cost is £95.

Please note: We DO NOT accept self referrals. We accept referrals in paper or email format from GP, Paediatrician, lactation consultant , osteopath or myofunctional practitioner or speech therapist.

What is Tongue Tie ?

Tongue tie is when the piece of skin under a baby’s tongue is attached to the tongue. In most babies, this piece of skin separates from the front end of the tongue before they’re born.

A tongue-tie is sometimes diagnosed during a baby’s routine newborn check, but it’s not always easy to spot. It may not become apparent until your baby has problems feeding.

Normal tongue function is important for multiple reasons - it will allow a baby to latch adequately and breastfeed efficiently, promote normal speech development and make it possible for a child to self-cleanse their mouth while eating. It also encourages adequate swallowing patterns and allows for proper growth and development, not to mention it makes it possible to experience fun little things like eating ice cream, playing a wind instrument and sticking out their tongue to catch snowflakes!

We have asked Camilla Oates to answer a few questions about the Tongue Tie procedure

Camilla (BSc, M.Ost, DPO) is an experienced osteopath, working at Kane&Ross osteopathy specialists. She holds a Masters in Osteopathy, an Honours Degree in Biomedical Science, Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Osteopathy and treats babies, children and pregnant women.

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Tongue Tie - Q&A

What are the signs that my child may have a tongue tie?
  • The tip of your baby’s tongue looks notched or heart-shaped when they stick it out.
  • They have difficulty sticking their tongue out.
  • The tip of your baby’s tongue can’t reach the roof of their mouth or further than the edge of their lower lip.
  • They have difficulty moving their tongue from side to side.

Lip tie in babies & children

A lip tie occurs when the upper lip remains attached to the upper gum. Challenges that can occur in children and infants with moderate to severe lip ties:


  • Pain with breastfeeding
  • Issues with attachment during breastfeeding, as a baby will not be able to raise the upper lip and attach well to the breast

Older Children:

  • Spacing between the two central teeth (a large gap can form, called a diastema)
  • Difficulties with brushing and flossing
  • Increased risk of dental decay

Dr. Zoi Tzelepi

Paediatric Dentist

DDS, DDent Paediatric Dentistry Certificate, Special Care Dentistry


Dr. Zoi is a paediatric dentistry specialist and has been registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) since October 2011. Her areas of interest lie in the fields of inhalation sedation, behaviour management and soft-tissue laser application.

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