Frenectomy

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 high (closer to the biting surface) frenum attachment can result in gum tissue recession aorund teeth. 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 can increase stability and improve success of the final orthodontic result.

Dr. Gold specializes in frenectomies, which can be performed either with a local anesthtic or laughing gas.