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Use of CO2 laser in lingual and labial frenectomy
Author(s): Renata Cristina Fiorotti; Bruno Siqueira Bellini; Nilceu P. Cassitas; Diva H. Z. Baldin; Ester Maria Danielli Nicola
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Paper Abstract

Ankiloglossia or frenum lingual alteration leads to important tongue dysfunction, which, besides discomfort and pain during function, is generally responsible for the difficulty to express specific phonemes. In other cases, a heavy muscular abnormal attachment of labial frenum can promote clinical changes. In such case, an eventual orthodontic therapy is indicated and aesthetic alteration is observed. In both cases, surgical removal is indicated. The surgery, for prevention purposes, must be done as soon as possible, but considering that the majority of patients are young (5 - 14 years old), difficulties during surgery are expected to occur. Correction of speech or orthodontic dysfunction in advanced ages is much more complex and difficult than in childhood. In the present work we demonstrate that the use of CO2 lasers in these cases are advantageous and simple. The laser energy causes the tissue of the frenum to open in the classic shape with no bleeding and no need for suture, reducing the risk of cross- contamination and of postoperative infection. Scarring and other complications are also minimized. A CO2 laser (continuous, 8 W, 10.6 micrometers) was used assisted with local anesthesia. The major advantage of laser is the possibility of its application in early ages, preventing further problems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3910, Lasers in Dentistry VI, (24 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.380818
Show Author Affiliations
Renata Cristina Fiorotti, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Bruno Siqueira Bellini, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Nilceu P. Cassitas, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Diva H. Z. Baldin, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Ester Maria Danielli Nicola, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3910:
Lasers in Dentistry VI
John D. B. Featherstone; Peter Rechmann D.D.S.; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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