Frena are naturally occurring small folds (also called “bands”) of tissue located in the mouth: under the tongue, inside the upper lip, inside the lower lip and connecting the cheeks to the gums. A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure to loosen or release these bands.

Labial Frenectomy 

The labial frenum connects the inside upper lip to the gum area near the front teeth, posing potential orthodontic and hygiene issues. When the labial frenum extends too near the gum line, it can affect the spacing and growth of a patient’s upper two front teeth.

Lingual Frenectomy (tongue-tie release)

Occasionally the lingual frenum can be short, attached close to the tongue tip or high on the inner gums limiting the movement of the tongue. Limitations of the tongue movements can alter speech and a speech pathologist or pediatrician may recommend its release as well.

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