Frenectomy is a dental procedure that removes or alters the frenum, a band of tissue that connects the lips, cheeks, and tongue to the jaw. It is a relatively simple procedure that can improve the health, function, and appearance of the mouth.
Frenectomies are most often performed on children and adolescents because the frenum can interfere with the normal growth and development of the teeth. In some cases, frenectomy can be recommended to improve the appearance of the smile. In other cases, the procedure is recommended to improve the function of the mouth, such as correcting a speech impediment.