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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 56-59

Management of ankyloglossia: Have lasers taken the sheen away from scalpel

1 Consultant Periodontist, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Endodontist, FMS Dental Hospitals, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

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K Butchi Babu
FMS Dental Hospital, Road No 1, Phase 1, KPHB, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-2868.145140

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Purpose of the Study: The aim was to evaluate the patient's perception of pain associated with phonation, deglutition, and normal function following a lingual frenectomy using a scalpel and laser. Materials and Methods: This study included two groups of patients of five subjects each who reported with difficulty in speaking and deglutition. Patients in Group I were treated using scalpel and those in Group II underwent laser (diode) frenectomy. All these patients are evaluated for postoperative pain on 1 st , 3 rd and 7 th day. Results: The intergroup comparison of mean visual analog scale (VAS) scores for pain in both the groups showed significant differences. The intragroup comparison of mean VAS scores for pain within the scalpel group did not show any significant difference between the 1 st and 3 rd day, however, when the mean VAS scores of the 7 th day were compared with those on the 1 st and 3 rd day, the difference was highly significant. The intragroup comparison of mean VAS scores for pain within the laser group among all the days showed a significant difference. Conclusion: The results of the present study results showed that the patient's perception of pain associated with tongue movements following lingual frenectomy with laser is lesser when compared with scalpel.

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