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Why? A frenectomy is done when the muscle pull under the lip on either the upper or lower teeth ( usually found between the two central teeth ) is either too low or too tight. This can cause either spacing between the teeth or can contribute to recession in those areas.

How? After numbing the area, the doctor gently releases the muscle from the lip. Sometimes a packing is placed to keep the muscle from reattaching. This procedure is very quick and is mostly done for orthodontic purposes or when tissue grafting the lower front teeth.