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A frenum (also called frenulum) is a band of tissue that connects or holds down a part of the body such as the tongue, lip, or cheeks. The band of tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth is called the lingual frenum, while the band connecting the lip to the gum in front of the teeth is called the labial frenum. Occasionally a frenum might be exceptionally short, thick, or tight, or may extend too far down along the tongue or the gum. When a frenum is positioned in such a way as to interfere with the normal alignment of teeth or to constrict the movement of the tongue or lips, it can be excised with a very simple surgery called a frenectomy.

Before Frenectomy 

After Frenectomy

Frenectomy done with Biolase MD laser 

4 weeks after surgery the gap between the two front teeth closed.

Rupa Hamal DMD


When conducted with a laser, the surgery tends to cause very little bleeding, does not require sutures, and often results in very little post-procedure discomfort. The procedure  is generally done with local anesthesia. 

Young patients are very accepting of treatment done with laser.  

She walked out of the office with a big smile.  "No stiches!"

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