Ankyloglossia: does it matter?

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2003 Apr;50(2):381-97. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(03)00029-4.


Ankyloglossia is an uncommon oral anomaly that can cause difficulty with breast-feeding, speech articulation, and mechanical tasks such as licking the lips and kissing. For many years the subject of ankyloglossia has been controversial, with practitioners of many specialties having widely different views regarding its significance. In many children, ankyloglossia is asymptomatic; the condition may resolve spontaneously, or affected children may learn to compensate adequately for their decreased lingual mobility. Some children, however, benefit from surgical intervention (frenotomy or frenuloplasty) for their tongue-tie. Parents should be educated about the possible long-term effects of tongue-tie while their child is young (< 1 year of age), so that they may make an informed choice regarding possible therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Lingual Frenum / physiopathology*
  • Lingual Frenum / surgery
  • Speech Disorders / etiology*
  • Speech Disorders / surgery*
  • Tongue / physiopathology*