A frenulum is a small fold of tissue in the mouth that connects one part of your mouth to another. Our dentist may recommend a frenectomy when a frenulum needs to be removed or modified in order to improve your oral health and function.
There are two common types of frenectomies — a lingual frenectomy and a labial frenectomy. The lingual frenulum connects the bottom of your tongue to the floor of your mouth. When this frenulum is too short or too thick, it creates a condition known as tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, and prevents you from chewing, eating and speaking properly. A labial frenulum connects the top lip to the gums above the front teeth and may cause gum recession, contribute to gaps between the upper front teeth or cause problems for individuals who wear dentures.
When you receive a frenectomy, our dentist will remove the frenulum and resolve the issue to improve your oral health and function. A frenectomy can typically be completed in just one appointment, and our dentist and team will make sure that you are comfortable throughout your entire treatment. Following treatment, we will also provide detailed post-op instructions to help ensure you heal properly.
Call our office today to learn more about frenectomies and schedule a consultation with our dentist!