A frenulum is a little piece of tissue that attaches your upper lip and lower lip to your gums. When your frenulum is either too large or too thin, it can cause issues with speech patterns as well as teeth misalignment. Often time, when the frenulum is too large in infants, it can disrupt or impede breastfeeding. When this is the case, a frenectomy is needed.
It can also have many effects on both children and adults. For children, it can cause their front teeth to be gapped, mouth breathing, oral and speech development issues, difficulty swallowing solid food, a strong gag reflex, and even limited tongue movement. For adults, it can cause TMJ, restricted airway that can cause breathing issues and sleep disorders, speech impediments, digestion issues, and crowded and crooked teeth,
A frenectomy is a simple procedure that can be performed by us in-office in as little as 15 minutes. We will first want you to come in for a consultation so that we can determine if a frenectomy is right for you or your child. If you feel like you or your child might be suffering from a large frenulum, schedule your appointment with us today!