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J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2010 Apr-Jun;28(2):130-3. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.66757.

Monopolar diathermy used for correction of ankyloglossia.

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Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Himachal Dental College, Sundernagar, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India.


Tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia or ankyloglossia inferior, is a relatively common finding in pediatric surgical outpatient clinics. It occurs as a result of a short, tight, lingual frenum causing tethering of the tongue tip. It is a common oral finding in infants and children, which is often neglected. Although most cases resolve or are asymptomatic, some patients develop articulation problems and other concerns related to poor tongue-tip mobility. In this article, we report on a 5-year old girl with a tongue tie, who underwent frenectomy using monopolar diathermy under local anesthesia without any postoperative complication.

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