A frenum is a naturally occurring muscle attachment, normally seen between the front teeth (either upper or lower). It connects the inner aspect of the lip with the gum. A lack of attached gingiva, in conjunction with a high (closer to the biting surface) frenum attachment, which exaggerates the pull on the gum margin, can result in recession. Additionally, an excessively large frenum can prevent the teeth from coming together resulting in a gap between the front teeth. If pulling is seen or the frenum is too large to allow the teeth to come together, the frenum is surgically released from the gum with a frenectomy. A frenectomy is simply the surgical removal of a frenum.
When Orthodontic treatment is planned or initiated, the removal of an abnormal frenum, with or without a gingival graft, can increase stability and improve success of the final orthodontic result.
This procedure is accomplished in our office in less than thirty minutes and patients can expect a few days of mild discomfort.
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The procedure was done on my 10 year old daughter and the experience could have not been any better for her. They explained what was going to happen to her, made sure she was comfortable, and completely put both of us at ease. Dr. Salzberg did an excellent job and called later that night to check in. I was very impressed.
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