Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
171 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

What causes irritation in the frenum and gap between teeth?

Hi, the tissue that connects my upper lip to my gums has been irritating me for months now. It first started irritating me only once, but now it's extremely frequent. I got my braces off years ago and consistently wear my retainer, however I've noticed a small gap in between my front two teeth begin to appear since this irritation has started. the maxillary labial frenum (I think that's what it's called) is elongated and white. What should I do?
Fri, 8 Jul 2016
Report Abuse
Dentist 's  Response
Hi..
Welcome to HEALTHCARE MAGIC..

I have gone through your query in detail and can understand your concerns..

As per your complain if there is gap occurring between the two front teeth and also you have elongated and white maxillary labial frenulum indicates that you have a high frenal attachment that is when the frenulum id attached over the gums extending in between the front teeth and due to pulling action of lip and trauma from the teeth it gets injured, inflamed and painful..
Due to continuous pulling action only there is also gaping between the teeth or Midline Diastema..
I would suggest you to consult an Oral Physician or an Oral Surgon and get evaluated and a thorough clinical evaluation can be done..
The frenum can be surgically corrected so that it no more comes in between the teeth..
After it heals a retainer or removable orthodontic appliances can be fabricated for you so that the gap between the teeth is reduced and your facial appearance improves..
As of now you can apply numbing gel over it to relieve pain..
Take Ibuprofen and do cool compresses..

For detailed discussion you can also ask a direct question by going to my profile and click on Ask me now..

Any further questions are welcome..

Regards..
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in


What causes irritation in the frenum and gap between teeth?

Hi.. Welcome to HEALTHCARE MAGIC.. I have gone through your query in detail and can understand your concerns.. As per your complain if there is gap occurring between the two front teeth and also you have elongated and white maxillary labial frenulum indicates that you have a high frenal attachment that is when the frenulum id attached over the gums extending in between the front teeth and due to pulling action of lip and trauma from the teeth it gets injured, inflamed and painful.. Due to continuous pulling action only there is also gaping between the teeth or Midline Diastema.. I would suggest you to consult an Oral Physician or an Oral Surgon and get evaluated and a thorough clinical evaluation can be done.. The frenum can be surgically corrected so that it no more comes in between the teeth.. After it heals a retainer or removable orthodontic appliances can be fabricated for you so that the gap between the teeth is reduced and your facial appearance improves.. As of now you can apply numbing gel over it to relieve pain.. Take Ibuprofen and do cool compresses.. For detailed discussion you can also ask a direct question by going to my profile and click on Ask me now.. Any further questions are welcome.. Regards..