Creekstone Dental

Question of the day: “Dr Dickson is going to perform a frenectomy when he finishes with my braces. Why?”


A frenum is a muscle attachment from the teeth and gums to either a lip or tongue. It is muscular, and if it passes between teeth, it will open up a space closed by braces. Sometimes it will bind a tongue in children and keep it from moving properly [called ‘ankyloglossia’ or ‘tongue tied’]. Typically, we use a laser, and the surgery heals very quickly and with little pain.

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