A frenulum is a tethering of the tissue between the lip and the upper teeth. A frenectomy (removal of the frenum) is often indicated if there is a gap (diastema) between the top teeth at the front. If you are having any orthodontic treatment to close the gap and you have a low labial frenulum, then this can stop the teeth from coming together and therefore a frenectomy is indicated to remove the excess mucosa from the area.

This is a small procedure that can be easily undertaken under a local anaesthetic. Your orthodontist will advise you if this is needed and we will be happy to see you to do this for you. After removal of the tissue, the wound can be closed with some dissolving stitches. There are some risks to this including bleeding and infection, but these risks are very low and there is usually a very quick recovery.

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