Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Nashua and Bedford, NH
A frenum (also called frenulum) is a soft tissue attachment that connects the gums to surrounding structures, including the tongue, lip or cheek. Occasionally, a frenum can be exceptionally tight, thick or short. Pull from the frenum can contribute to localized areas of gum recession. It can also create gaps between teeth (diastema) or restrict movement of the tongue affecting speech (tongue-tie).
A frenectomy is a simple surgery to excise the frenum and restore proper function and appearance. This procedure generally takes less than fifteen minutes and has minimal postoperative discomfort.