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