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Proposal for a myofunctional therapy protocol in case of altered lingual frenulum. A pilot study

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  /1/2019

Authors:  S. Saccomanno*, A. Di Tullio***, L. D’Alatri**, C. Grippaudo*

Language:  English

Institution:  Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Roma, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, italy *Dental Institute, Head and Neck Department **Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Department, ***ENT, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Altered lingual frenulum, Deviate swallowing, Myofunctional therapy, Short lingual frenulum, Tongue-tie

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Title:  Proposal for a myofunctional therapy protocol in case of altered lingual frenulum. A pilot study

Abstract:  In this article, the authors propose a specific Myofunctional Therapy Protocol for patients with altered lingual frenulum. In such cases tongue muscles are hypofunctioning and their range of motion is reduced. To compensate for this limitation, dysfunctional lingual motor patterns are established, such as the use of some muscles at the expense of others; this negatively affects the development and functions of the stomatognathic system. The Myofunctional Therapy Protocol presented in this pilot study was developed with the aim of making the muscles of the tongue, the floor of the mouth and the soft palate more coordinated, and increasing muscle contraction strength, in order to produce improvements on the muscle tone, on orofacial and nasal functions and a better wound healing and functional recovery in the case of surgical therapy (frenulotomy).

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