The Journal of Oral Laser Applications
J Oral Laser Applications 10 (2010), No. 4     14. June 2011
J Oral Laser Applications 10 (2010), No. 4  (14.06.2011)

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Advantages of Diode Laser (940 nm) over Surgical Blade in Management of Ankyloglossia: A Case Report
Doshi, Yogesh / Shah, Mona / Khandge, Nikhil / Sanghavi, Ankit
The lingual frenum has been a topic of controversy for a long time. Ankyloglossia causes problems in eating, dyspnoea, and speech disturbances. Hence, it is necessary to perform a lingual frenectomy in cases where ankyloglossia is very severe. Various methods such as surgery, diathermy, and lasers have long been used. The advantages of laser include a bloodless operating field, no postoperative infection or pain, and no suturing is needed. All these advantages are highlighted in this case report comparing the surgical technique with 940 nm diode laser for complete ankyloglossia.

Keywords: ankyloglossia, diode laser, suture, hemostasis, Wharton's duct