A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure that involves the removal of a frenum from the mouth. A frenum is a connective tissue structure that attaches one surface within the mouth to another. When the labial frenum from the inside of the lip inserts at its other end too close to teeth, undesirable conditions may arise. One of these problems is gum recession and the other is spacing between teeth. Removal of the frenum will allow for the prevention or correction of either of these conditions.
A frenectomy takes about 15 minutes and is performed simply by detaching the frenum attachment from the gum and usually placing sutures on the inside of the lip.