For some patients, orofacial dysfunction conditions can be caused by certain muscular attachments in the mouth (known as the “frenum”) located beneath the tongue and between the lips and gums. These attachments are very important, and if they are not functioning properly they can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life. In fact, the frenum contains fibers that lead from the mouth to the spine and the chest. If these small strips of oral tissues are affected by excessive tension or restriction, they can lead to gum recession, a wide gap between the front teeth, chewing and speaking issues, and pain in the neck and shoulders.
A functional frenectomy may be recommended to alleviate the symptoms by releasing the frenum attachments. The procedure can be especially helpful when the frenum impedes patients from speaking and eating properly or when tension, pain, or discomfort caused by an improperly functioning frenum is being experienced. Functional frenectomy is an in-office procedure that offers a variety of benefits for ideal candidates. This treatment has helped many individuals improve breathing and biting, and even achieve physiological benefits such as enhanced posture and relaxed shoulders.