Surgical techniques for the treatment of ankyloglossia in children: a case series

J Appl Oral Sci. 2014 Jun;22(3):241-8. doi: 10.1590/1678-775720130629.


This paper reports a series of clinical cases of ankyloglossia in children, which were approached by different techniques: frenotomy and frenectomy with the use of one hemostat, two hemostats, a groove director or laser. Information on the indications, contraindications, advantages and disadvantages of the techniques was also presented. Children diagnosed with ankyloglossia were subjected to different surgical procedures. The choice of the techniques was based on the age of the patient, length of the frenulum and availability of the instruments and equipment. All the techniques presented are successful for the treatment of ankyloglossia and require a skilled professional. Laser may be considered a simple and safe alternative for children while reducing the amount of local anesthetics needed, the bleeding and the chances of infection, swelling and discomfort.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ankyloglossia
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Semiconductor / therapeutic use
  • Lingual Frenum / surgery*
  • Male
  • Mouth Abnormalities / surgery*
  • Tongue Diseases / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome