A frenum is a naturally occurring muscle attachment, normally seen between the front teeth (either upper or lower) or around the premolar teeth on the sides of the mouth. The frenum connects the lip or the skin in the mouth with the gum. A frenectomy may be performed if the frenum results in the movement of the gum around the tooth, which may allow the more rapid bacterial colonization of the pocket between the gum and the tooth. These situations may occur if you have gum recession; if you have a diastema (a gap between your front teeth) that you want closed; or the tissue movement may effect recolonization around an implant.

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