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Tethered Oral Tissues in Infants and Adults

Tethered Oral Tissues in Infants and Adults
Date: 1/14/2021
Time: All Day
Short Description: This course will include the Installation of 2021 Officers

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The New York AGD Learning Center Presents

"Tethered Oral Tissues: What Are They and Why Should a Dentist Care?"

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021

    Lecture: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Course Code:  310

The Installation of 2021 New York AGD Officers will be conducted before the lecture


Presentation by: Scott A. Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP

  • Board certified, dual degree MD, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. 

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Diplomate, American Board of Laser Surgery

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine  

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  • Fellow of the International College of Surgeons

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

  • Clinical investigator working in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University and Tel Aviv University 

Summary:  Tethered oral tissues (TOTs) can affect infants and adults.  Tongue-tied infants may face a lifetime of difficulties as a result of an inability to properly breast or bottle feed.  These difficulties can extend into adulthood and may predispose this population to disturbances in dental and orofacial growth and development as well as airway disorders.  The dentist and auxiliary staff are in a unique position to help identify these issues and refer for further evaluation and treatment. This presentation will discuss these conditions and complications as well as the surgical procedures that can alleviate these conditions.


Objectives:  The participants will learn:

  • What are TOTs - Tethered oral tissues
  • Understanding the impacts of tongue, lip and other oral ties on the dental patient.
  • Understand the developmental and orofacial/airway issues related to TOTs.
  • Understand the kinematics of tongue movement in infants, children and adults with ankyloglossia.
  • Discuss aerodigestive disorders related to TOTs such as Aerophagia Induced Reflux (AIR).   
  • Learn when to refer a patient to a surgeon for laser TOTs surgery.

New York AGD is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.  The current term of approval extends from 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2020. Provider ID # 219318