Conservative Management of Ankyloglossia by Diode Laser: A Case Report

Authors

  • Namrata Gyawali People’s Dental College and Hospital, Sorakhutte, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sunanda Sundas People’s Dental College and Hospital, Sorakhutte, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Barun Kumar Sah People’s Dental College and Hospital, Sorakhutte, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Neha Dhakal People’s Dental College and Hospital, Sorakhutte, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jnapd.v2i1.41599

Keywords:

Ankyloglossia, diode laser, frenotomy, tongue tie

Abstract

Ankyloglossia or tongue-tie is a congenital condition that results when the inferior lingual frenulum is too short and is attached to the tip of the tongue, limiting its normal movements. Ankyloglossia can lead to different problems such as difficulties in breastfeeding, speech impediments, poor oral hygiene, malocclusion, inability to deglutition, thus being an undesired problem in normal life activity. Among various methods of treatment of ankyloglossia, laser-assisted lingual frenotomy is the simplest, safest, and less traumatic with the most promising results. Here, a case of ankyloglossia and its management by frenotomy with diode laser is reported in a four-year-old female child. After performing partial frenectomy (frenotomy) using a diode laser of 980nm there was an immediate tongue protrusion and slight improvement of phonetics of the patient immediately and altogether improved after six months.

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Author Biographies

Namrata Gyawali, People’s Dental College and Hospital, Sorakhutte, Kathmandu, Nepal

Post-graduate Resident, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry

Sunanda Sundas, People’s Dental College and Hospital, Sorakhutte, Kathmandu, Nepal

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry

Barun Kumar Sah, People’s Dental College and Hospital, Sorakhutte, Kathmandu, Nepal

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry

Neha Dhakal, People’s Dental College and Hospital, Sorakhutte, Kathmandu, Nepal

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Gyawali, N., Sundas, S., Sah, B. K., & Dhakal, N. (2021). Conservative Management of Ankyloglossia by Diode Laser: A Case Report. Journal of Nepalese Association of Pediatric Dentistry, 2(1), 28–31. https://doi.org/10.3126/jnapd.v2i1.41599

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Case Reports