Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie)


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie, is a condition that impairs tongue movement due to a restrictive lingual frenulum. Multiple specialties within medicine and dentistry are involved in the evaluation and treatment of this condition. Ankyloglossia mainly impairs breastfeeding and has also been linked with speech disorders, malocclusion, and gingival recession. Management of ankyloglossia remains controversial. If surgical treatment is decided, frenotomy is the most common procedure. This activity reviews the available data regarding the etiology, epidemiology, and common clinical findings of ankyloglossia. It also describes the current evaluation and management strategies for patients with ankyloglossia; identifies the differential diagnoses, prognosis, and complications; and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in the management of ankyloglossia.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and dentists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the signs and symptoms of ankyloglossia and assess the severity of the condition based on commonly used classification and grading systems.
  • Apply evidence-based guidelines and practices for the diagnosis and management of ankyloglossia, considering the latest research and recommendations.
  • Select suitable interventions for ankyloglossia management, such as referral for frenotomy, tongue exercises, or speech therapy, based on individual patient needs.
  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, including lactation consultants, speech-language pathologists, and pediatricians, to provide comprehensive care for patients with ankyloglossia.


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