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The tongue and ventilation: a recipe for failure? Volume 87, issue 1, 88e réunion scientifique de la S.F.O.D.F., Marseille, 13–14 mai 2016

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* Auteur pour correspondance : richard.nicollas@ap-hm.fr

Since publication of the studies by the functionalist school (Ricketts, Linder-Aronson, Gola...), the role of function, and ventilation in particular, appears to be taken more widely into account. The close interconnection of ventilation / growth / lingual function and malocclusion is now evident to all. However, although an ENT diagnosis of a ventilation defect and its etiology is now standard practice, treatment of the condition is not always sufficient to ensure a functional environment conducive to orthodontic stability, even when rehabilitation is prescribed. In some instances, certain highly-invasive surgical treatments can even exacerbate the initial situation.