What is a frenum? A labial frenum is the piece of tissue that is found connected between the upper lip and the gum tissue. A lingual frenum is the piece of tissue that if found 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. In the case of the upper frenum, it may cause teeth to separate after orthodontic appliances have been removed. A frenum may also cause recession, or pulling on your gums, to cause them to pull back from your tooth. What is a frenectomy? A frenectomy is a simple procedure where the tissue is numbed and removed.
What should I expect on the day of the procedure? You and your parent should plan on spending about an hour in Dr. Bender‘s office on the day you have a frenectomy. The procedure itself only takes about 15 minutes, but Dr. Bender will want to visit with you and your parent(s) prior to the procedure. You can expect mild soreness/swelling in the area later that day, so you may want to rest and avoid sports or other strenuous activites the day/evening of your procedure. You should be able to resume activities the day after the procedure.