Maxillary Frenum Tear – Torn Gum between 2 Top Front Teeth

What does a pediatrician do?

Directly under your child’s upper lip and inserting between their two front teeth is a piece of gum tissue known as the frenum. When children fall, they can easily tear this attachment. While this tear does not usually require stitches, it can be very bloody and frightening.  Treatment is usually palliative in nature:

  1. Stop the bleeding with pressure using either gauze or a clean washcloth.
  2. Apply ice to the upper lip if swelling occurs
  3. A soft diet may also help.