Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are facial and oral malformations that occur during early pregnancy. Clefting occurs when there isn’t enough tissue in the mouth or lip area, and the tissue that is available doesn’t join together as it should.

Cleft lip is an opening or split in the upper lip, and cleft palate refers to an opening or split in the roof of the mouth (palate). Cleft lip and cleft palate result when these developing facial structures in an unborn baby do not close completely.

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If you or your loved one is need of cleft lip or cleft palate treatment, you can trust that you’ve come to the right place.

A series of surgeries can restore normal function and achieve a more normal appearance with minimal scarring.

Additional surgeries are needed to improve the appearance of the lip and nose, close the opening between the mouth and nose, help with breathing, and stabilize and realign the jaw. Once the patient’s permanent teeth grow in, braces are often needed to straighten the teeth.

Cleft lip treatment

Cleft lip surgery is typically performed when your child is about 10 years old. We will work to close the separation, restore muscle functions, and provide a normal shape to your child’s mouth. The nostril deformity may improve as a result of the procedure. In some cases, a subsequent surgery is required.

Cleft palate treatment

Cleft palate is treated when the child is between 7 to 18 months. Surgery depends on the child’s individual situation. All other health issues are taken into consideration when determining options for surgery. Closing the gap / hole between the roof of the mouth and nose, reconnecting muscles, and repairing the palate so it is long enough to perform properly are the main goals when treating a cleft palate.

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