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J Soc Bras Fonoaudiol. 2012;24(4):409-12.

Lingual frenulum: changes after frenectomy.

[Article in English, Portuguese]

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CEFAC Health and Education, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. irene@cefac.br

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe the changes after frenectomy concerning mobility and functions of the tongue.

METHODS:

Participants were 53 subjects who had never undergone speech therapy or lingual frenulum surgery. A specific lingual frenulum protocol with scores was used by speech-language pathologists when there was evidence of frenulum alteration. Ten subjects had abnormal frenulum and were referred to an otolaryngologist for frenectomy. After surgery, the subjects were re-evaluated using the same protocol. Photos and videos were taken for comparison.

RESULTS:

Thirty days after surgery, the subjects had the shape of the tip of the tongue and its movements improved. Lip closure and speech were also improved.

CONCLUSION:

Frenectomy is efficient to improve tongue posture, tongue mobility, oral functions, and oral communication.

PMID:
23306695
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