Inside your mouth, there are two little bands of tissue in and around the gums. One band, called the lingual frenulum, is underneath the tongue and attaches to the bottom of the mouth. The second band, called the labial frenulum, attaches the upper lip to the gums.
While people are born with frenums of various lengths, those whose frenums are too long or too short can restrict movement or cause dental problems. When you visit our office, our dentists, Dr. Friedrichs and Dr. Abraham, can look at your mouth and determine whether you could benefit from a frenectomy.
If a lingual frenulum is too short, it can restrict tongue movement, which is a condition often referred to as “tongue tied.” This condition can make it more difficult to eat, swallow, or speak. Restricted tongue movement can also cause a significant amount of pain in some cases. With a frenectomy, our dentists can remove the frenulum and allow for proper tongue movement.
When a labial frenulum is too long, it can extend past the front teeth and onto the roof of the mouth. If it is too wide, the frenulum can create a gap between the two front teeth. Either of these conditions can make it difficult to keep the front teeth clean, cause discomfort or pain, make it harder to speak and eat, and pull the gum tissue to cause a receding gum line. To treat a long or wide labial frenulum, Dr. Friedrichs and Dr. Abraham can remove the frenulum the help avoid these issues.
If you or a family member is having difficulty moving their tongue, speaking or chewing, or if their labial frenulum is causing a gap between the front teeth, we invite you to contact our practice at 281-205-4717 and set up an appointment with our dentists. We can help you get the treatment you need to maintain optimal oral health.