A frenectomy is the removal of the frenulum, which is the band of tissue that attaches the lip to the gums. This attachment can be seen in between the front teeth of the upper or lower jaws. An abnormal frenum attachment can cause a large gap between the front teeth, and also may cause gum recession. Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment often will have a frenectomy performed by a Periodontist to prevent recurrence of a gap between their front teeth. When treating gum recession, a Periodontist may perform a frenectomy either as a single procedure or in conjunction with a gum graft.
The frenectomy procedure is performed with a local anesthetic and usually with resorbable sutures. A periodontal dressing may be used to protect the area and will be removed at the post-operative visit one week later.