A frenectomy is a procedure to remove a frenulum, which is a muscular attachment between two tissues, from the mouth. We perform frenectomies at Advantage Dentistry to correct a number of issues patients may have with their teeth, lips, and tongue. There are three frenulums in your mouth. One is located underneath your tongue, and removing this is called a lingual frenectomy. Patients with an enlarged frenulum underneath their tongue will not be able to move their tongue freely. This can impede breastfeeding interferes with speech and is often called ‘tongue tie’. Lingual frenectomies are typically performed on young patients, who can recover quickly and continue to develop their speech.
The other two frenulums are between the front teeth (both upper and lower) and connect the inner surface of the lip with the gum. Removing this attachment is called a labial frenectomy. Patients who have receding gums can benefit from this procedure because a strong frenulum from the gum to the lip can cause extra pulling on the gums and lead to further recession.
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