Treatments for ankyloglossia and ankyloglossia with concomitant lip-tie

Francis DO, Chinnadurai S, Morad A, Epstein RA, Kohanim S, Krishnaswami S, Sathe NA, McPheeters ML
Record ID 32015000566
Authors' objectives: We systematically reviewed the literature on surgical and nonsurgical treatments for infants and children with ankyloglossia and ankyloglossia with concomitant lip-tie.
Authors' recommendations: A small body of evidence suggests that frenotomy may be associated with improvements in breastfeeding as reported by mothers, and potentially in nipple pain, but with small short-term studies, inconsistently conducted, SOE is generally low to insufficient. Comparative studies reported improvements in some measures of speech, but assessment of outcomes was inconsistent. Few studies addressed tongue mobility and self-esteem issues. Research is lacking on nonsurgical interventions, as well as on outcomes other than breastfeeding.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2015
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: United States
MeSH Terms
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Lasers, Semiconductor
  • Lingual Frenum
  • Mouth Abnormalities
  • Tongue Diseases
Organisation Name: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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