Improve the Look of Your Smile and the Success of Orthodontics

Does My Child Need a Frenectomy?

Frenectomies should always be performed if a child is in pain or if it is impeding normal functions like eating, swallowing, or speaking. Maxillary frenectomies (under the upper lip) should be considered if it is causing a gap between the upper front teeth but only after orthodontics are performed to move the teeth together. 

Frenectomy in San Diego, CA

Frenectomy in San Diego, CA

A frenum 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.   

A 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.  

Removing 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.