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J Craniofac Surg. 2014 May;25(3):e279-80. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000000666.

Is use of laser really essential for release of tongue-tie?

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  • 1From the *Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Dental College and Hospital, Katraj Pune; †Precision Dental (Comprehensive Dental and Maxillofacial Care), Pune; ‡Department of Prosthodontics, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Dental College and Hospital, Katraj Pune; and §Dr. Tendulkar's Dental Clinic, Pune, India.


Ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie, is a congenital condition characterized by a short, thickened, or abnormally tight lingual frenulum. This anomaly can cause a varying degree of reduced tongue mobility and has been associated with functional limitations including breastfeeding difficulties, atypical swallowing habits, speech articulation problems, mechanical problems such as inability to clean the oral cavity, and psychosocial stress. In this article, we report a 50-year-old female patient with tongue-tie having difficulty in speech and maintenance of oral hygiene due to high attachment of lingual frenum. The patient was managed by frenectomy by conventional method (scalpel and blade) under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure without any complications. She later required speech therapy lessons for improvement of speech.

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