A frenectomy is a simple procedure where excess gum tissue is removed from between the upper two front teeth that may be causing a space to exist. This is usually requested by an orthodontist who is trying to straighten teeth and close gaps between them.
A frenum is a small piece of tissue that connects some mobile tissue to a stationary location in the mouth. There are two types of frenula in the mouth:
- Lingual Frenum – The lingual frenum is located beneath the tongue, attaching the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If this piece of tissue is too tight, it can cause problems with eating and speech.
- Labial Frenum – A labial frenum is located between the two front teeth. If it’s too strong, a labial frenum can cause a gap between the teeth and other orthodontic or cosmetic issues.
A frenectomy is a very simple procedure. Your mouth will be numbed or you will be put under general anesthesia, depending on your level of anxiety about your procedure. A laser or a scalpel will be used to detach the frenum. The procedure usually only lasts between 20-30 minutes.
The benefits of a frenectomy include improved speech, prevention of gum recession, and assistance in your orthodontic treatment. To learn more about the procedure or if you’re interested in making an appointment, please call Highlands Ranch Periodontics located in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.