A frenum is a fold of soft tissue that joins the lips, tongue, and cheeks to the jawbone. If this fold of soft tissue is excessively long it can result in gaps developing between teeth and also can result in tongue ties.
Frenectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of this excessively long fold of tissue. Below, we have presented a case that we have carried out, demonstrating frenectomy surgical procedure.
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|This patient presented with a very long midline frenum extending almost to the upper middle crown margins.
The long frenum extending almost down to the teeth prevents the gum from filling the gap between the teeth, creating an unsightly black triangle.
|The Frenum is first isolated and stretched to show its full extent.|
|Incision made to remove the attachment of the Frenum to the gum.|
|Once the Frenum is removed, the surgical site is closed and sutured.|
|The pressure on the gums is now released by the frenectomy and so the black triangle between the crowns will soon disappear.
To be continued…
Our dentists have the skills and experience in performing complex surgical procedures such as Frenectomies and our Specialist Oral Surgeons (Dr. Dejan Dragisic and Dr. Hassan Taqvi) are both on the General Dental Council’s Specialist list for Oral Surgery.