A frenectomy is the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue inside the lip in the middle of the upper and lower jaw, inserting into the jawbone. In some cases the frenulum can be too short and limit the mobility of the upper or lower lip. In other cases it can have a negative effect on the development of the tooth position, leading to misalignment and esthetic compromises. Prominent is for instance a big gap between the two upper central incisors (diastema). It is also often described as the main reason of gum loss and root exposure of teeth close to the frenulum. If these negative effects are observed an early surgical treatment to remove the frenulum is indicated. In many times the removal is already performed in childhood. Minimal invasive surgical methods are applied.
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