A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes or loosens a band of muscle tissue (frenum) that is connected to the lip, cheek or floor of the mouth. It is performed under local anesthetic with uneventful healing.
What is a frenectomy used for?
There are people with large frenums beneath their tongues. This prevents their tongue from moving freely, and this will interfere with their speech. The condition of limited tongue mobility is referred to as ankyloglossia or “tongue tie”.
There are times where the frenum is attached between the two upper front teeth. This condition is usually seen in children after their permanent upper front teeth have erupted in their mouths.