Skeletal and dental characteristics in subjects with ankyloglossia

Prog Orthod. 2013 Nov 7;14:44. doi: 10.1186/2196-1042-14-44.


Background: The role of ankyloglossia in etiology of malocclusion is not much discussed over the years. The aim of the present study was to assess the skeletal and dental characteristics in subjects with ankyloglossia.

Methods: Fifty-seven subjects diagnosed with ankyloglossia (group 1) were compared with 60 subjects (group 2) without ankyloglossia, who had class I skeletal base. Ankyloglossia was diagnosed and graded (mild, moderate, severe and very severe) using Kortlow's method. SNA, SNB, ANB, Go-Gn-SN angle, FMA, maxillary and mandibular intercanine widths and intermolar widths, tooth size-arch length discrepancy in maxillary and mandibular arches and overbite were measured. Independent t test was used to compare the mean parameters between the two groups. Analysis of variance and Tukey honestly significant difference were used to compare mean parameters among various grades of ankyloglossia.

Results: Majority of group 1 subjects belonged to class I skeletal base followed by class II and class III skeletal bases. Moderate ankyloglossia was most common in group 1. The mean maxillary and mandibular intercanine widths and maxillary intermolar width were statistically significant in independent t test (P<0.01) and reduced in group 1. In ANOVA followed by Tukey HS, the Go-Gn-SN angle and overbite were statistically significant among different grades of ankyloglossia (P<0.05).

Conclusions: Subjects with ankyloglossia had reduced maxillary and mandibular intercanine widths and reduced maxillary intermolar width. The mandibular plane angle and overbite were altered with severity of ankyloglossia.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cephalometry / methods
  • Cuspid / pathology
  • Dental Arch / pathology
  • Facial Bones / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lingual Frenum / abnormalities
  • Male
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class I / pathology
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class II / pathology
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class III / pathology
  • Mandible / pathology
  • Maxilla / pathology
  • Molar / pathology
  • Nasal Bone / pathology
  • Odontometry / methods
  • Overbite / pathology
  • Sella Turcica / pathology
  • Skull Base / pathology
  • Tongue / abnormalities*
  • Tooth / pathology*
  • Young Adult