Labial and Lingual Frenulum Surgery
Your orthodontist or general dentist may refer you for removal of a high frenum attachment. This is an area of elastic and muscle tissue that attaches near two teeth, usually between the upper or lower front teeth. The frenum may be too near the teeth, resulting in thin tissue that may be susceptible to recession or the frenum may be too wide, resulting in a space between the teeth.
In either case, the frenectomy procedure is simple, quick and virtually painless. It is often performed on children as young as 7 or 8 years old, however, there are no age limitations as long as the patient is healthy.
Recovery is relatively quick and the sutures used are absorable and do not need to be removed by the surgeon.