The frenum is located inside the lip and attached to the gum tissue between the roots of any tooth in the mouth. The most common place to see this frenum is between the upper and lower central incisors at the midline, or around the upper premolars. Normally the frenum blends into the gum tissue well above the level of the teeth. In some cases, however, it extends between the front ones and appears to push them apart creating a space.
A frenum causes problems when it tugs or pulls as the gum tissue which can result in tooth separation and/or recession. A frenectomy is a quick and painless procedure of removing this frenum to protect the teeth. Orthodontic patients often have this procedure performed to assist in the closing of spaces. Older patients with dentures may have a frenectomy performed as well. This becomes necessary when the frenum interferes with the seating of the denture and causes it to loosen and become uncomfortable. This surgery is often done to help dentures fit better.
The procedure can be performed under typical dental freezing or asleep for your comfort so you are at ease and do not experience any discomfort. The procedure is quick and the discomfort experienced is minimal since there are few nerve endings or blood vessels in the frenum. Learn more about frenectomies by contacting Lenga Perio for your consultation.
Some soreness may be experienced after the procedure and can be managed by taking an anti-inflammatory medication or mild pain reliever, accompanied with an ice pack. You should maintain a diet of soft, cool foods and keep physical activity light during the first few days of your recovery.