Lingual frenulum: changes after frenectomy

J Soc Bras Fonoaudiol. 2012;24(4):409-12. doi: 10.1590/s2179-64912012000400020.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Purpose: To describe the changes after frenectomy concerning mobility and functions of the tongue.

Methods: Participants were 53 subjects who had never undergone speech therapy or lingual frenulum surgery. A specific lingual frenulum protocol with scores was used by speech-language pathologists when there was evidence of frenulum alteration. Ten subjects had abnormal frenulum and were referred to an otolaryngologist for frenectomy. After surgery, the subjects were re-evaluated using the same protocol. Photos and videos were taken for comparison.

Results: Thirty days after surgery, the subjects had the shape of the tip of the tongue and its movements improved. Lip closure and speech were also improved.

Conclusion: Frenectomy is efficient to improve tongue posture, tongue mobility, oral functions, and oral communication.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Articulation Disorders / physiopathology
  • Articulation Disorders / surgery*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lingual Frenum / anatomy & histology
  • Lingual Frenum / physiopathology
  • Lingual Frenum / surgery*
  • Male
  • Movement
  • Tongue / anatomy & histology
  • Tongue / physiology*
  • Tongue Diseases / physiopathology
  • Tongue Diseases / surgery*
  • Young Adult