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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 185803, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/185803
Case Report

Clinical Guidelines and Management of Ankyloglossia with 1-Year Followup: Report of 3 Cases

Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital, Sawangi 442001, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Received 10 November 2012; Accepted 4 December 2012

Academic Editors: N. Brezniak, I. El-Hakim, and P. Lopez Jornet

Copyright © 2013 Mayur S. Bhattad et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The tongue is an important oral structure that affects speech, position of teeth, periodontal tissue, nutrition, swallowing, nursing, and certain social activities. Ankyloglossia (tongue tie) is a congenital anomaly characterized by an abnormally short, thick lingual frenulum which affects movement of tongue. Though the effect of ankyloglossia in general appears to be a minor condition, but a major difference exists concerning the guidelines for tongue-tie division. There are no accepted practical criteria for the management of such condition, and hence this paper aims at bringing all the compilation in examination, diagnosis, treatment, and management of tongue tie together for better clinical approach.