Numerous frenums can be found throughout the mouth.  The frenum consists of ligament and muscle fibers which insert, not away from the tooth, but close to the collar of the tooth.  Frenums are present on the cheek surface and the tongue surface.  The term, Abnormal Frenum is used when the insertion of the frenum fiber is capable of retracting the gum tissue, creates diastemas (separation of the teeth), and limits lip and tongue movements.


A frenectomy is necessary when an abnormal frenum is identified.


Occasionally, an abnormal frenum may accelerate tissue damage, bone loss and compromise the health of the tooth.  In these instances, more involved treatment may be necessary to eliminate the frenum and reconstruct the lost bone and tissue.


What does this procedure entail?


A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery. Dr. Fletcher will release the small fiber attachment by creating an incision in the identified area and then cover it with a rubber putty compound that forms a band-aid like cover over the site for one week.

A one week follow-up appointment is necessary to remove the rubber putty compound and any sutures that were placed during the procedure.