What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a basic oral surgical procedure, performed in office that removes a frenum from the mouth.

A frenum is a small muscular attachment connecting two pieces of oral tissue. The two types of frenum are labial frenum and lingual frenum.

Labial Frenum

A Labial Frenum is that little piece of skin that connects your upper or lower lip to the gum between your middle teeth. For most people, this tissue does not present a problem. It is typically recommended to allow the permanent teeth to grow in before a decision is made to remove it. Reasons to remove it include pain to the upper lip and gums or if the labial frenum causes a large gap between your teeth that cannot be corrected with braces.

Lingual Frenum

A Lingual Frenum is the muscular tissue that connects the bottom of your tongue to the floor of your mouth. In some cases, the tissue extends to the tip of the tongue, restricting the ability to eat or speak. This is sometimes referred to as “tonguetied.” A Lingual Frenectomy is only performed if a child is unable to eat or speak properly.

Patients who elect to undergo a Frenectomy will experience a better quality of life. They will be more comfortable, be able to eat and speak properly and will be able to enjoy a more confident, gap-free smile. 

If your loved one is in need of a Frenectomy, call Southfield Family Dental Center at (248) 234-9987. We perform Frenectomies in our office.