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How an Oral Surgeon Can Help with a Cleft Palate


Posted on 6/25/2017 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
A young baby suffering from a cleft palate.
When a child is born with a cleft palate, it means their palate did not fully form in utero. This isn't a common occurrence, but it happens often enough to have a set of treatments that go along with it.

Typically, the first surgeries to correct a cleft palate happen prior to the child's first birthday, but that is not when the surgeries end. As the child gets older, their time will be spent with oral surgeons who have the ability to finish creating the palate.

Common Practices for Repairing a Cleft Palate

The first thing an oral surgeon will do when a child has a cleft palate is to create the basic, functional palate that keeps the child's mouth able to form properly.

This allows for the bone growth that happens as the child grows, and keeps the teeth able to come in nearly straight compared to where they should be. Next, they will redo the surgeries over the next few years to keep accommodating the growth of the head, jaw, and teeth.

They need to keep a close eye on how the mouth forms, as that can determine when the next surgery needs to occur. Most, if not all of the surgeries are able to be completed by the time a person reaches 18 years of age.

If your child has a cleft palate, then you may need to speak with your oral surgeon to see what options you all have. They are highly skilled in helping to build up the bones and tissues of the head and face, so they are your best resource.

Ask them questions and let them fill you in about the whole procedure. Contact our office today, and find out what you need to do to come in for a consultation.


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