Frenectomy

Why

A frenum is the tissue that is seen between your lips and gum tissue. If you pull on either your upper or lower lip you will probably be able to locate a web like tissue that is being stretched. There is also one located under the tongue.

The frenum has been linked as a possible factor in gum recession (loss). If the tissue is continually stretched, it may cause the nearby gum to recede. It sometimes may extend between the teeth, causing the teeth to be pushed apart.

If the frenum located under the tongue is too tight, patients may find they have limited tongue movement (sometimes called a “Tongue Tie”).

 


 

How

After anesthesia is achieved in the area, the frenum is removed and a few dissolvable sutures are placed. Patients are able to return to work the same day unless they chose to be sedated for the procedure.