A frenum is a fold of tissue or muscle connecting the lips, cheek or tongue to the jawbone. A frenectomy is the removal of one of these folds of tissue. Sometimes a frenum can be attached too high on the gums causing either recession or spaces between teeth. The procedure to remove this is a called labial frenectomy and involves the removal of tissue attachment between the two front teeth as the gap between the teeth can again pushed apart by the frenum, even after it being initially corrected via an orthodontic treatment.
Frequently Asked Question
When can I eat after a frenectomy treatment?
As soon as the local anesthetic has worn off, you can eat. Avoid eating hot foods for the first 24 hours. Chilled or lukewarm foods are best.
Is frenectomy a medical procedure?
No, a frenectomy is considered as dental surgery.
Are there any possible risks?
Though risks are rare, some patients will experience infection, bleeding, damage to the nerves, tongue or salivary glands, and scarring.