A Frenectomy is the removal of a frenulum (also called a frenum), a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far. In orthodontics, it refers to a surgical procedure that loosens or or releases the frenum of your upper or lower lips, or your tongue. An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or a Periodontist performs the procedure in-office under local anesthesia or light sedation.
A Lingual Frenectomy (of the tongue’s frenum) can increase the range of motion of the tongue. A Labial Frenectomy (of the frenum at the upper or lower lips) can help to close a gap between the upper front teeth, or help prevent gum recession of the lower teeth.
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