The term frenulectomy refers to the
surgical re-positioning or removal of the frenulum. Frenulectomy operations
are carried out to increase tooth stability after reducing the interdental
cleft (i.e. an excessive interdental gap not determined by the loss
or extraction of a tooth) in the case of a "labial-tectum”
frenulum or to decrease the pull downwards involving the tongue owing
to a short tongue frenulum.
Frenulectomy may also be recommended if the frenulum has a broad insertion
or is mainly made of muscle tissue: the operation in performed with
a local anaesthesia and a small suture is necessary.