Frenectomy

This procedure is used to remove the small fold of tissue (frenum) inside the upper or lower lip, usually in the front, where it attaches to the gum. This attachment may cause the separation of teeth, prevent orthodontic movement or cause recession of gum tissue. The procedure is completed under a local anesthetic, the frenum is pinched with surgical forceps, reduced with incisions on either side of the instrument and closed with dissolvable sutures.