I am having class 2 labial frenulum and planning to wear dental braces. Should I do it before or after surgery?

Q. When should I opt dental braces either before or after the frenulum surgery?

Answered by
Dr. Honey Nandwani
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 04, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am 19 years old. I have done canine impaction surgery just before two weeks. The stitch and the removal after the surgery have caused a cut on my gums, which now separates the point at which the gums above the central incisors meet. The point that I am mentioning is right below the frenulum. My dentist said I am having class 2 labial frenulum and that it might result in gum recession and the formation of a black triangle.

He added that it might prevent my gums from joining back together. I did not have any bad experiences with my frenulum until the surgery. I am afraid to undergo this surgery. Moreover, I do not want to undergo this frenectomy. All I want is my gums joining back. Please let me know whether I need to undergo this frenectomy. If yes, let me know when would be the right time to do it. I am planning to wear dental braces after two months. Should I do it before or after the surgery? I would be very grateful if you suggest me a way to join my gums back without undergoing frenectomy.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have evaluated the image, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and you indeed have a high labial frenulum, and it can cause problems which is not a wrong advise. If you are planning for getting braces done, then it is appropriate for you to get the frenulectomy done now so that complete healing will take place by the time you proceed for the braces. So my suggestion is that you should continue for frenulectomy.

Also, it is a minor surgical procedure that can be very well done under local anesthesia and is a routine procedure, so need not to worry about it. If you have any more queries, please feel free to ask. .

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