The muscles of the cheeks and lips are
attached to the gums and tissue of the mouth by a piece
of soft tissue called a frenum. Sometimes a frenum can
be attached too high on the gums causing either recession
or spaces between teeth.
In addition, there is another frenum under the tongue. If
this frenum is attached too close to the end of the tongue
it can adversely affect swallowing and speech. Sometimes this
is referred to as being "tongue-tied".
A Frenectomy is a simple procedure where
either part or all of the frenum in question is removed
in order to return a healthy balance to the mouth.