What is a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a frenum from the mouth when it is too tight or short and limits movement in the mouth. This procedure can be performed at any age but is most common for babies and children.Book An Appointment
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Types of Frenums
A frenum is a small piece of tissue that connects your cheeks, tongue or lips to your gum area. The restriction of any of these frenums is a natural condition that babies are born with.
- Lingual Frenum (Tongue Tie)
The lingual frenum is the tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth.
When this frenum restricts movement in the mouth, it’s referred to as a tongue tie.
- Labial Frenum (Lip Tie)
The labial frenum is the tissue that connects the lips to the bottom of your upper and lower gums.
When this frenum restricts movement in the mouth, it’s referred to as a lip tie.
- Buccal Frenum (Cheek Tie)
The buccal frenum is the tissue that connects the gums to the inside of the cheeks.
When this frenum restricts movement in the mouth, it’s referred to as a cheek tie.
A frenectomy should be a safe, fast-healing procedure that usually requires no anesthesia. Your dentist will cut the frenum to free the tongue, lip or cheek. The frenum is very thin and has few nerves, meaning there should be little pain associated with the procedure.