J Dentofacial Anom Orthod
Volume 21, Number 2, Avril 2018
|Number of page(s)||13|
|Published online||01 February 2019|
Vestibular frenectomy in periodontal plastic surgery
Public assistance - Hôpitaux de Marseille (Hôpital de la Timone-AP-HM, Pôle Odontologie)–UFR Odontology, Aix- Marseille Université
2 Professor of Universities. Hospital practitioner. President of the French Society of Periodontology and Oral Implantology
3 Oral Medicine Resident
4 Assistant Hospital-University Periodontology-Private Practice in Martigues
Address for correspondence: Virginie Monnet-Corti – 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin – 13385 Marseille. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 28 November 2017
Vestibular frena are bands of soft tissue that connect the lip or cheek to the alveolar mucosa or to the gum and that can restrict their movements. These mucosal folds can, in some cases, attach too close to the teeth and are associated to a persistent diastema. Additionally, if this frenum is too tight, it can cause gum recession by pulling the gums away from the teeth. The position of a frenum can become more apical and be corrected during growth with anterior teeth eruption. However, when it causes self-consciousness, pain, or gum recession, a frenectomy is indicated. The frenectomy is a simple procedure which involves total surgical removal of a frenum. The presence of a hypertrophic maxillary vestibular medial frenum associated with a diastema is the most commonly encountered indication in children. Its elimination will contribute to diastema closure that will stay stable over time.
Key words: Median maxillary labial frenum / median mandibular labial frenum / diastema / frenectomy / periodontal plastic surgery
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