Ortodontic Related Surgery

What is a frenum?

A frenum is a large muscle that is usually located between the front teeth.  It is a very strong muscle that can push teeth apart and/or cause recession.

  • A labial frenum is the piece of tissue that is connected between the upper lip and the gum tissue.
  • A lingual frenum is the piece of tissue that is connected between the tongue and the gum tissue on the inside of the lower teeth (aka: "tongue-tied").

Why do I need a frenectomy?

Your orthodontist or dentist may have recommended that your frenum be removed.  When the frenum attaches close to the teeth, it can cause the teeth to separate even though braces have brought the teeth together.  The teeth are more susceptible to gum disease as the seal between the tooth and the gum can be disrupted as the frenum moves.  A frenum may also cause recession, or pulling on your gums to cause them to pull back from your tooth.