There are a number of congenital conditions that can affect the oral health, smile and appearance of your child. One of the most common congenital conditions worldwide is cleft lip and palate.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are a result of the incomplete development of the facial structures while the child is in utero. Cleft lip results in a gap within the upper lip and can cause difficulty with eating and speaking. Similarly, a cleft palate is the incomplete fusion of the roof of the mouth, which creates an opening between the nose and mouth. This incomplete development results in an opening in the gum tissue that can make eating, speaking and hearing difficult. Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur independently of each other or can occur together in the same child.
Our practice offers treatment to address congenital oral and facial disorders, including cleft lip and palate. During your initial consultation, our surgeons will evaluate the condition of your child and will review with you the treatment options that will best improve your child’s condition. Often, treatment of cleft lip and palate requires a team of caring providers to help assist your child in every aspect of their life. We will work closely with all of those providers to make sure your child receives full and comprehensive care. We are committed to helping your child so that they can enjoy the lifestyle they deserve.
Please call us today to make an appointment with our surgeons and learn more about our treatment options for cleft lip and palate.