A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure performed to excise or remove the ‘frenum’ (an abnormal band of tissue attachment).  This is one of the most common periodontal procedures recommended by orthodontists. A frenum is removed when its position interferes with the alignment of teeth or when it pulls the gum away from a tooth resulting in recession.

Sometimes a patient has a very prominent maxillary frenum.  This will prevent the central incisors from coming together normally.  With orthodontics, the space can be closed.  However, a prominent frenum can cause the central incisors to relapse (separate) after braces are removed.

A frenectomy eliminates the frenum from this area and helps to prevent relapse after orthodontic alignment.  With the frenum removed, the teeth and papilla are more stable.

Frenectomy case study number 1, before and after photos             Frenectomy case study number 2, before and after photos             Frenectomy case study number 3, before and after photos

Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen post-operative is sufficient and is accompanied by an anti-microbial rinse for about one week. The patient may experience slight redness in the area, but can resume normal activities, including sports in 48 hours.

Frenectomy case study number 4, before and after photos