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Do You Have A Frenum & Do You Need A Frenectomy?

March 9, 2022

A frenum is a tissue attachment between the lips and gums or the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. There are several frenums in the mouth. The most prominent frenums connect the tongue to the floor of the mouth (called the lingual frenum) and the top lip to the gums between the two front teeth (called the labial or the maxillary frenum.) Sometimes the frenum may be too large and causes problems while eating and speaking. It may even affect the position of the teeth. A large frenum between the upper two front teeth can cause a gap between the two front teeth, recession the gum on the two front teeth, and be more prone to injury in children and adults.

What is a Frenectomy? 

A frenectomy is a procedure used to reduce the size of the frenum and the position farther from the gums, usually between the two upper front teeth (called the labial frenum.) This procedure is completed to prevent spacing issues between the teeth, reduce the risk of recession, and reduce the risk of injury in the area. A frenectomy can also be performed on the frenum connecting the lower lip to the gums between the lower two front teeth. This procedure can be completed in childhood or adulthood. 

Benefits of a Frenectomy 

  • Reduce the risk of injury by being torn 
  • Reduce the risk of gum recession/ prevent further gum recession 
  • Closes the gap or space between teeth 

Frenectomy Procedure 

A frenectomy may be performed in two ways. A scalpel or a laser is used to cut the frenum away from the gums. Generally, surgical stitches will not be required if a dental laser is used during the healing process. If a scalpel is used, stitches may be required to suture the area during the healing process. Healing after a frenectomy is a straightforward process, and healing usually occurs quickly.

If you believe you or your child may benefit from a frenectomy or have any questions about them, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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