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The surgical removal of the fraenum including the underlying fibrous tissue. A labial fraenectomy is usually delayed until after the completion of orthodontic treatment, unless it prevents closure of a diastema or shows evidence of trauma. A lingual fraenectomy may be undertaken if tongue movement is restricted in the older patient or to assist in speech development in young children. Failure to undertake a lingual fraenectomy may sometimes lead to periodontal problems in later life.

Fraenectomy before surgery

Fraenectomy after surgery

Subjects: Dentistry.

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