Approximately 5-10% of individuals are born with ankyloglossia, also known as ‘tongue-tie’. Frenectomy, is a common treatment for ankyloglossia by un-attaching part of the frenulum. Current research is based on the initial impact of infant ankyloglossia as it pertains to infant feeding and swallowing. There is limited evidence to inform decisions about when or if mild-moderate ankyloglossia will have an impact on an individual’s speech later in life. This lack of evidence has led to controversy surrounding infant versus adolescent frenotomies and their utility for preventing speech impairment. Further research is necessary to determine whether a frenectomy as a child prevents articulation errors as an adolescent. This presentation will review the different types of frenectomies, the disadvantages and advantages of receiving one, and why one might consider their child receiving one.
Tongue-tie, Tongue-tie surgery, Ankyloglossia, Frenectomy, Frenotomy, Infant frenotomy, Adolescent frenotomy, Speech impairment, Breastfeeding
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
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