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Ankyloglossia

Course Author(s): American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Ankyloglossia

Ankyloglossia is a developmental anomaly of the tongue characterized by a short, thick lingual frenum resulting in limitation of tongue movement (partial ankyloglossia) or by the tongue appearing to be fused to the floor of the mouth (total ankyloglossia).

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Ankyloglossia
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Ankyloglossia Before Frenectomy

The significance and management of ankyloglossia are very controversial due to the lack of evidence-based studies to support surgical intervention. Frenectomy for functional limitations due to severe ankyloglossia should be considered on an individual basis.

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Frenectomy