frenectomyA frenectomy is simple procedure to remove the frenum in your child’s mouth.   A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues.

The maxillary labial frenum attaches the upper lip to the gums just above the upper two front teeth.  A prominent, thick or low frenum can cause a space to occur between the upper two front teeth.   Also, some children may have difficulty lifting their upper lip up to brush their teeth along their gums.  Both of these may be a concern to you.

Although a frenectomy does not guarantee that the gap between the front teeth will close completely, it certainly relieves the tissue and aids in the process of space closure when the permanent teeth erupt.  Dr. Chow has over 3 decades of experience with this minor surgical procedure and agrees that it is a simple, quick procedure that heals quickly as well!