Gum Surgery

A labial frenectomy is a form of frenectomy
performed on the lip.

The labial frenulum often attaches to the center of the upper lip and between the upper two
front teeth. This can cause a large gap and gum recession by pulling
the gums off the bone. A labial frenectomy removes the labial frenulum.
Orthodontic patients often have this procedure done to assist with
closing a front tooth gap. When a denture patient’s lips move, the
frenulum pulls and loosens the denture which can be quite upsetting.
This surgery is often done to help dentures fit better.

A lingual frenectomy is a form of frenectomy
associated with the tongue.

The removal of the lingual frenulum under the tongue can
be accomplished with either frenectomy or frenuloplasty.
This is used to treat a tongue
tied patient. It has been claimed to help reduce breastfeeding
complications, help improve speech and promote proper tooth arch
development.

It is rumored that, immediately after this minor oral surgery, the
tongue can often dramatically extend out of the mouth which it could not
before do However
the references here measure the difference in “milimeters” and it may
actually shorten the tongue, depending on the procedure and aftercare.