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Short lingual frenulum: From diagnosis to laser and speech-language therapy
 

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  17/2021

Authors:  D. Tripodi, G. Cacciagrano, S. D´Ercole, F. Piccari, A. Maiolo, M. Tieri

Language:  English

Institution:  Università degli Studi “G. d´Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Lingual frenulum, ankyloglossia, laser frenulectomy, speech and language therapy.

Email:  [email protected]

URL:  https://ejpd.eu/EJPD_2021_22_01_13.pdf


Title:  Short lingual frenulum: From diagnosis to laser and speech-language therapy

Abstract:  Aim To evaluate the effects of tongue frenulectomy performed with two therapeutic approaches: Laser frenulectomy and combined laser and speech-language therapy. Materials and methods The study involved 180 patients (90 males and 90 females) aged between 6 and 12 years. After examination and data collection, the patients were stratified according to three degrees of severity: mild, moderate and severe. After treatment, the test group (laser frenulectomy and combined laser and speech-language therapy) was compared with the control group (laser frenulectomy) in the pre-surgical phase, at one week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after surgery. Results Statistical analysis showed statistically significant differences between the pre-surgical and post-surgical values at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after surgery (p<0,05). Conclusions It is essential to establish diagnosis criteria to which the clinician should refer in order to decide the treatment plan. This study shows that combined laser and speech-language therapy leads to better results than the resection treatment of the frenulum with laser technique alone.

 
 
 
 
 
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