A frenectomy is a routine surgical procedure to correct or remove a 'frenum' in the mouth. A frenum is a small, soft muscular attachment between two tissues, the easiest way is to think of it as a kind of cord which limits movement. We have two frena in our mouths which connect the tongue lips and cheeks to the jaw bones.
If the frenum is too short, tight or tough, it may be doing its job 'too well' and can end up obstructing other functions, such as impacting teeth alignment or restricting the tongue and lip movement. This inhibited movement can cause difficultly with every day routine tasks such as eating and talking.
During a frenectomy, the frenum is typically removed to allow movement. It is a simple surgical procedure which generally takes less than thirty minutes to complete.