Early lingual frenectomy assisted by CO2 laser helps prevention and treatment of functional alterations caused by ankyloglossia

Int J Orofacial Myology. 2004 Nov:30:64-71.


Incorrectly produced speech sounds, the presence of dentofacial alterations and acquired functional adaptations may be due to a short and inadequate lingual frenum. When frenectomy is indicated, it should be performed as early as possible to prevent functional alterations. This study presents a literature review on correct lingual positioning in relation to orthodontic and phonetic function as well as an assessment of 15 patients who underwent frenectomy utilizing the carbon dioxide laser. The results demonstrated that this technique is safe, effective and perfect for use in young children and can be performed in an outpatient unit.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Digestive System Abnormalities / complications
  • Digestive System Abnormalities / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Lingual Frenum / abnormalities
  • Lingual Frenum / surgery*
  • Male
  • Maxillofacial Abnormalities / complications
  • Maxillofacial Abnormalities / surgery
  • Mouth Breathing / etiology
  • Mouth Breathing / surgery
  • Oral Surgical Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Oral Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Tongue / abnormalities*


  • Carbon Dioxide