A frenum is a fold of tissue or muscle that connects the lips, cheek or tongue to the jawbone. A frenectomy is a procedure to remove 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 a different procedure. The frenum can be attached in such a way that it prevents the baby teeth from coming through.
A lingual frenectomy removes the fold of tissue under the tongue. Some people have a large frenum that limits tongue movement and can interfere with speech. The condition of limited tongue mobility is called ankyloglossia, or tongue tie. Tongue-tie is generally diagnosed in childhood and symptoms include: Interference with feeding in infants. Problems with speech at 12 to 18 months. Some older children or teenagers may notice that the frenum under their tongue becomes stuck between their front teeth, or that they can’t stick their tongue out as far as their friends can.
Adults receiving dentures may need a frenectomy if the position of a frenum (usually one between the cheek and gum in the back of the mouth, or in the middle of the upper or lower lip) will interfere with the proper fit of the denture.
Florida Institute of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (a.k.a FIOMS or Florida Institute of OMS)
2402 Frist Blvd
The Lawnwood Medical Park I
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Phone: (772) 461-9700
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