A Frenectomy is the removal of the frenulum either under the tongue (tongue-tie) or from the center of the upper lip and between the upper two front teeth. The frenulum is the connecting tissue which attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth and upper lip to the gums. Sometimes, the frenulum can grow too thick or too long preventing or delaying normal development.

Lingual Frenectomy (under the tongue)

  • An over-attached or over grown lingual frenulum can prevent the tongue from extending outward and can stifle speech development in small children

Labial Frenectomy (upper lip)

  • The labial frenulum can cause a large gap between the two upper front teeth and gum recession by pulling the gums off the bone. Your dentist or orthodontist may suggest a labial frenectomy to help correct this problem.
  • Denture wearers often have the labial frenulum removed to prevent the frenulum from loosening their dentures when they speak or move their mouth.

Dr. Lynn Pierri uses state-of-the-art CO2 laser technology to perform Frenectomies in her office with local anesthesia, minimal discomfort, no stitches, no bleeding and no swelling.