There are two primary locations in the mouth where frenum is found ,under the tongue and underneath the center of the upper lip. The frenum attaches the muscles of the cheeks and lips to the mouth; in some cases, however, this tissue may interfere with the development of the mouth. In the event that the frenum is attached too close to the tip of the tongue or too far down the gums between the front teeth, a frenectomy, which is a surgical removal of the frenum, may be performed. Children and people being fitted for dentures are the most frequent candidates for a frenectomy. A prominent frenum however, may also contribute to gum recession – a frenectomy may be performed in treatment of periodontal disease to help stabilize the position of the gums.
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