is a naturally occurring muscle attachment that usually is seen
between the front teeth (either upper or lower) but can also occur under the
tongue and in the cheeks. While normal, a frenum should never pull on the gum
line or resulting gum recession may occur. Abnormal frenum's have also been
linked to increased periodontal disease. If pulling is seen, we may
recommend a frenectomy.
frenectomy is performed by surgically releasing the gum from the
frenum. Occasionally, a new band of hard gum tissue is also added to
re-establish an adequate amount of attached gum tissue. Frenectomies are
usually performed under a local anesthetic.
an abnormal frenum can help increase the stability of the teeth and
gums, helping to improve not only the appearance of your smile but also the
success of any orthodontic treatment.