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Lingual Frenectomy: functional evaluation and new therapeutical approach
Pubblication date: 06/2012
Authors: G. Olivi, A. Signore, M. Olivi*, M.D. Genovese
Institution: University of Genoa, Department of Surgical Science (DISC)Master Course Laser in Dentistry, Genoa, Italy
*Undergratuated student, Faculty of Dental Medicine
University "Victor Babes", Timisoara, Romania
Publication: European Journal of Paediatic Dentistry
Title: Lingual Frenectomy: functional evaluation and new therapeutical approach
Abstract: Aim When ankyloglossia is relatively severe and generates mechanical limitations and functional challenges, surgical reduction of the frenum is indicated.
Materials and methods Laser technique is an innovative, safe and effective therapy for frenectomy in both children and adolescents. Erbium:YAG laser (2940nm) can be useful for paediatric dentist: 1.5W at 20pps is a commonly used average power to easily, safely and quickly cut the frenum.
Results Usually after laser frenectomy, the postoperative symptoms and relapse are absent.
Conclusion Early intervention is advisable to reduce the onset of alterations correlated to the ankyloglossia. A multidisciplinary approach to the problem is advisable, in collaboration with orthodontist, physiotherapist and speech therapist, to better resolve the problem.