The frenulum is a piece of tissue that connects the anterior lip to the gums. One frenulum attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too long or thick will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. A long frenulum may strip away healthy gum tissue overlying the two central incisor teeth.
A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in your dentist’s office. It can be performed with either a scalpel or laser and takes less than 15 minutes. Using a laser causes very little bleeding. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time.