A frenulum is a small fold of tissue that connects the inside of the upper or lower lip to the gums. A frenulum also connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If the frenulum is too large it can cause problems with oral functions or contribute to receding gums or even gapped teeth. Our team may use a procedure known as a frenectomy to remove that fold of tissue.
There are two common types of frenectomy. A lingual frenectomy removes the frenulum from the floor of the mouth that connects to the tongue. This can relieve the problem of tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia. Tongue-tie can improve the patients’ ability to speak and eat. The labial frenectomy removes the frenulum attaching the lips to the gum.
If you or your child suffers from tongue-tie or a similar issue, contact Brighton Specialty Dental Group at 805-644-5284 to make an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Homayoun H. Zadeh for an appointment for a frenectomy in Ventura, California.