A frenectomy (sometimes called a frenulectomy or a frenotomy) is the cutting or complete removal of the frenum – a small fold of tissue or muscle that attaches the attached gum tissue (the pink gum tissue next to your teeth that covers your jawbone) to the lips, cheek, or tongue. When the frenum is attached to the gum tissue between the front two teeth on the top or the bottom it can result in a space between those teeth or in gum recession.

A frenectomy is a gum procedure that may be done on its own, or in conjunction with gum grafting to treat recession – either before the gum grafting, or at the same time. You can learn more about gum grafting in this section. If your dentist has told you that you may need to have your frenum treated or that your high frenum is causing gum recession, contact our office to find out which type of treatment will best help treat you to restore your healthy smile.