The frenulum is the tissue that connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth and the tissue that connects your upper lip to your upper gums. When the lower frenulum is connected to a spot that is too far forward on your tongue, it can cause problems with speaking, eating, and sometimes even breathing. In some cases, the upper frenulum connects to a spot on your upper gums that causes a gap between your two front teeth or results in your gums receding. In both of these instances, a frenectomy — in which the frenulum is removed — will be performed.
Frenectomies are most common in children because problems become more noticeable as children struggle to learn to speak or eat. However, in some cases, frenectomies are elective procedures for athletes, to help them develop healthier breathing patterns. If you're interested in hearing more about the frenectomy procedure and the treatment process at Southern Surgical Arts, we encourage you to watch the testimonial videos below.