Ankyloglossia (tongue-tie): a diagnostic and treatment quandary

Quintessence Int. 1999 Apr;30(4):259-62.


The tongue is an important oral structure that affects speech, the position of teeth, periodontal tissue, nutrition, swallowing, nursing, and certain social activities. Ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) limits the range of motion of the tongue, impairing its ability to fulfill its functions. In this article, diagnostic criteria needed to evaluate and treat ankyloglossia are suggested, and a method for classifying ankyloglossia is proposed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lingual Frenum / abnormalities*
  • Lingual Frenum / physiopathology
  • Lingual Frenum / surgery
  • Tongue / abnormalities*
  • Tongue / physiopathology