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also called a frenelum tightness.
I am a "specialist" at this as 4 out of the 5 kidlets are tongue tied. The classic tongue tie (that little bit of skin under the tongue, looks white and like a piece of fatty ligament like on what you see on pork meat or chicken) is about half to 3\4 up the bottom of the tongue. The baby may not be able to lift the tongue to the roof of the mouth and it will appear "tightened" as baby tries to lift their tongue.
The rare occurance of heart shape tongue tie (my youngest daughter has this) is literally heart shaped and hold the tongue down in place, tongue clearance is minimal (ability to lift the tongue to roof of mouth) and it's even difficult to bottle feed a baby with this type of tongue tie.
Best way to deal with tongue tied babies is to clip the frenelum (ask for a ped or doc that has experience, if they don't they refuse to do it). There is minimal to no bleeding and doesn't hurt at all.