Tongue & Lip Tie Centre

Tongue and Lip Tie Centre Guelph

Our Multidisciplinary Approach to Tongue Ties

Oral Surgeon

Dr. Mandeep Johal

Dr. Johal is certified to perform laser surgery by the American Board of Laser Surgery. She has performed hundreds of functional tongue tie releases and is training others on this amazing procedure to help more patients.
Oralfacial Myofunctional Therapist
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

Kim Kung

Kim is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist with 20 years of experience in the dental field. Kim works with a variety of clients of all ages to improve their oral function.
Tongue Tie Centre Rupinder Sadhra
Lactation Specialist

Rupinder Sadhra

Rupinder is a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), RPN, and BScN providing personalized breastfeeding support and education.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist


Shannon is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. She is a beloved in-house team member at Family Dental Centre with a special knack for working with children to improve their oral function.
Body Work Therapist


Our body work therapist referral is selected on a case by case basis specifically tailored to each client's needs. We recommend osteopathic doctors, chiropractors, and registered massage therapists.

To book your comprehensive tongue and lip consultation call today.


Functional Tongue Tie Release

What is Functional Tongue Tie Release?

The medical term is Functional Frenuloplasty. This quick and easy procedure is used to release the frenulum, a piece of tissue under the tongue, lip and/or cheeks that is short or restricting the proper oral function. a restricting frenulum needs to be corrected to allow for proper speech, swallowing, eating, breathing, and sleep.

CO2 Laser vs. Scissors

This is a frequently asked question regarding our procedure at Family Dental Centre. Dr. Johal uses a painless CO2 laser on infants and children. For adults, depending on the situation, both scissors and CO2 laser can be in use.

Pierre's Story

Learn what it was like for Pierre and how his life has changed.

How The Multifunctional Tongue Tie Is Performed:


The CO2 laser used by Dr. Mandeep Johal, DMD is the gold standard for an infant frenectomy. The procedure is only about a minute long. It allows for no or minimal bleeding at the treatment site which results in better visualization of the posterior tongue tie and quicker healing times for the baby.

Lactation consultant and body work therapy before and after is strongly recommended for optimal results.

We work with midwives, and lactation specialists from all over Ontario. We are lucky to have our very own Rupinder Sadhra BScN, RPN, IBCLC, in Guelph to help mothers if they need help after the procedure.



Tongue Tie Specialist for Children

The functional Frenuloplasty technique is based on precision: releasing the appropriate extent of tissue for maximal relief.

Dr. Johal uses the Co2 laser on children and a combination of CO2 laser and scissors on adults. Dr. Johal has had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Soroush Zaghi (ENT), who is pioneering the way for a standard in delivering of tongue-tie release surgery.

Dr. Zaghi has also developed The functional frenuloplasty technique.



Food Texture issues: If infants with tongue-ties encounter solid foods, issues may begin to present themselves. It may seem like picky eating, or the child will gag on food as they try to eat it or they won’t eat it at all because of how it feels in their mouth. The child may also show signs of loud or messy eating. The tongue is designed to help move food around the mouth as well as to clean food out of the mouth. When someone is tongue-tied, the tongue isn’t able to perform these functions. When someone can’t chew food properly one of two things can happen: indigestion because food that isn’t adequately chewed cannot be digested properly, or the person avoids those foods altogether. Neither of these solutions is great for our long-term health.

Speech issues: In order to properly form sounds, the movement and position of the tongue need to be functioning as they should. If tongue-tied, it may not be possible to form the sounds as they should. Sometimes people are able to compensate for the lack of mobility, but this isn't the case for everyone. In those situations, the only way to properly produce the sound is to release the tongue enabling it to move.


Importance of Correction

Having the tongue in the correct position allows for optimal facial growth and allows for proper nasal breathing.

Dr. Johal used Co2 laser by Light Scalpel, for painless and quick release. She was the first one to buy this amazing laser, that does not cause any bleeding or burning like other lasers on the market. She released her own two boys with the same laser, at the ages of 4 and 6. 

She has great mentors she has been learning from, Dr. Larry Kotlow, Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, Dr, Richard Baxter, and  Dr. James Thomas. 

To further understand the connection of tongue ties and the whole body, her collaboration with fascia and cranial therapist gives her a further understanding on how it is all connected.

Minimally Invasive

Based on precision: releasing the appropriate extent of tissue for maximal relief.

No Tissue Damage

No tissue damage is involved in the procedure.

Improve Feeding

Babies will be able to breastfeed properly.

Life Long Benefits

This procedure will benefit multiple areas of your entire life.