Frenectomy – Labial

 A labial frenectomy is the surgical removal or release of mucosal and muscle elements of the frenum between the lip and alveolar mucosa. This procedure, performed on both children and adults, is commonly used to assist with correction of  the following conditions:

  • Diastema-a gap between the upper front teeth.                                                                                                       
  • Assist in the Proper Fit of Dentures-when a denture patient’s lips move, the frenum can pull and loosen the denture causing ulceration of the frenum and discomfort.
  • Gum Recession-caused by tight muscle fibers pulling on the attached gingiva around teeth. This can occur around teeth in both the upper or lower jaw.

The removal of the frenum does not cause any adverse effects to the lip and mouth.