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At Clayton Park Dental, Dr. Hadad performs laser frenectomies for babies, children, and adults who are tongue-tied to help with feeding, speech, and more.

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What is a Frenum?

A frenum, or frenulum, is a piece of soft tissue comprised of muscle fibres that are attached between the lips and gums. There are seven frenums in the mouth, and their primary function is to give the upper lip, lower lip, and tongue more stability in the mouth.

When someone has a frenum that is too short, too tight, or too large, it can lead to oral health issues, including difficulties with speaking, or in the case of babies, difficulties nursing. More serious issues may develop if the frenum is pulling gum tissue away from the teeth. This can include root exposure, spacing issues and dental hygiene problems.

A frenectomy at Clayton Park Dental can help resolve many of the most common issues caused by tight or restrictive frenum in infants, children, and adults.

What Is A Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a procedure that removes the frenum in a patient's mouth. In the case of a lingual frenectomy, the procedure for patients who are tongue-tied, the procedure helps increase the motion of the tongue. Most often performed for infants, a frenectomy can improve your baby's ability to suck, swallow, and 'latch' when nursing. 

Types of Frenum

There are two basic types of frenum. Each one has a different purpose as well as a variety of issues that can result if it is not working effectively.

Lingual Frenum

The lingual frenum connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When this tissue is unusually short, a condition commonly called tongue-tie occurs. Tongue-tie interferes with the ability to swallow properly and may cause problems with normal speech development. 

Labial Frenum

When the labial frenum is abnormally wide or long, it can create a space between the two front teeth. This gap will often close once the baby's adult teeth come in. But if the gap remains, surgery or orthodontic treatment may be required to prevent the gap from reopening.

Learn More About Frenectomies

Take a few moments to read through our most frequently asked questions about frenectomies at Clayton Park Dental.

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