Periodontal Procedures in Birmingham, AL
What Is A Frenectomy and Do You Need One?
The mouth has several thin muscular attachments called frenum that can inhibit normal function of the mouth. One of these is the tight muscle found under the tongue that connects the tongue to the lower part of the mouth (called the lingual frenum). The other connects the top lip to the gum tissue above the top teeth (called the maxillary labial frenum). When either one of these effects tongue function or proper tooth placement, a frenectomy may be appropriate.
A frenectomy is the removal or shortening of a frenum. A frenectomy is usually recommended if the frenum is clearly causing pain or hindering proper function.
Why Are Frenectomies Important?
The benefits behind a frenectomy depends on which frenum needs treatment.
Lingual Frenum Frenectomy
When the lingual frenum is too long and extends to the tip of the tongue, it can directly affect tongue function. Most common in children, a lingual frenum frenectomy can help restore proper tongue function and can make swallowing, eating, and talking easier.
Maxillary Labial Frenum Frenectomy
A large maxillary labial frenum or one that attaches close to the teeth can create a gap in between the two front teeth. Occasionally this type of frenectomy is recommended by Dr. Maddux following orthodontic treatment that initially closed the gap but has since reopened.