Your lips, cheeks and tongue are connected to your jawbone with a fold of tissue called the frenum. If the frenum is too long or too short, it may cause problems and should be removed. This procedure is called a frenectomy.
The frenum can be fixed in all stages of life. If an infant’s frenum is too long, it can make it difficult for the baby to breast feed an abnormally attached frenum can prevent baby teeth from properly erupting. Toddlers just learning to speak may get “tongue tied” because the frenum could be too close to the tip of the tongue. Even teens and adults have this problem, and a frenectomy can help them too.