A frenulum is a small tissue fold that connects one part of your mouth to the other. Your lingual frenulum connects the bottom of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. In the event that it is abnormally thick or short, a condition such as ankyloglossia, commonly known as a tied tongue, may be present.
You can also have problems with your labial frenum, which is the frenulum that joins your upper lip to the gums/jaw. If this is too tight, it can induce gum recession and expanded spacing between the teeth, which can cause pain and other continuous dental problems.
If you or your child has a tied tongue or receding gums, Dr. Amin Samadian and his team can perform a frenectomy. This procedure is ideal for the restoration of your ability to bite, chew, and speak properly, while also preventing future dental complications. If you're in the East Bay or San Francisco areas, reach out and set up your consultation to learn more.