What is a Frenulectomy?

A frenum or frenulum is a small membrane of soft tissue that is meant to keep an organ or body part (lips or tongue) from extending too far. In some situations this small membrane must be surgically altered in order to allow for more movement of the tongue (tongue tie or ankyloglossia) or in orthodontic cases, to prevent teeth from shifting back after braces have been removed. In some cases a frenulectomy is necessary to prevent gum recession and gaps in the two front teeth. This surgical procedure is known as a frenulectomy and is very quick and simple.