A frenum is an thick piece of tissue that attaches the tongue and lip to the underlying bone. These frenum attachments are sometimes excessive, limiting the tongue and movement of the lips. These restrictions can lead to speech problems, misalignment or gaps between teeth, and gum recession.
A frenectomy releases the excess attachment by “vaporizing” the tissue instead of making an incision. With a laser, the procedure has minimal post-operative discomfort and no stitches.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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