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FRENECTOMIES

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WHAT IS A FRENECTOMY?

 

A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that removes or repositions a portion of the frenum when there is excessive or particularly thick tissue.

 

WHAT IS A FRENUM?

 

The term “frenum” refers to the fibrous gum tissue that connects the lips, cheeks or tongue to the gums.

 

WHO NEEDS A FRENECTOMY AND WHEN?

 

A frenectomy is most often performed for patients who have a gap (diastema) between their upper two front teeth that may be caused by the frenum.  The procedure repositions or removes some of the tissue to allow the diastema to close and stabilizes the teeth so the space can remain closed.  Patients with a thick frenum may need the procedure to relieve tension that otherwise could eventually cause gums to recede.  A frenectomy may be recommended to achieve optimal results from orthodontic treatment.  The orthodontist is in the best position to advise if the procedure is indicated and, if so, when it should be performed. 

 

Often the frenectomy is performed after the space has been closed orthodontically, to prevent scar tissue build up. 

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