What is Frenectomy?
The procedure of frenectomy, commonly known as frenulectomy, frenulotomy or frenotomy, involves the removal of a frenulum. Frenulum is a small fold of tissue or mucous membrane which performs a restraining function i.e. it does not let an organ in the body move too far from its place.
The frenum is a muscular connection between two tissues. The mouth consists of two frenums or frena. One frenum connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth, called the lingual frenum, the other connects the inner portion of your upper lip to your gums, right above your two teeth in the front, known as the maxillary labial frenum.
These frena can at times create obstruction in the routine business of your mouth and hence the surgery is required to remove it.
A frenectomy is performed at our dental clinic & practice either inside the middle portion of your upper lip, called labial frenectomy, or under the tongue, known as lingual frenectomy.
It is a very common surgery that is done on newborns, children and adults. It is usually performed when the frenum is either too tight or positioned in the wrong place.
The removal of frenum does not cause any abnormality in the normal function of the mouth.
The Advantages of Frenectomy
The procedure of frenectomy has given excellent results to patients. It has proven to give a better quality of life.
Labial frenectomy has multiple advantages including the reduction of oral discomfort, improvement of the overall look of a person by the removal of gap between the two upper front teeth, enhancement of the bite function and the boosting of self-confidence within individuals.
Lingual frenectomy serves to improve communication and self-expression as well as an increase in the appetite of a person as now he is able to eat properly, without obstruction.