Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate are two common developmental deformities that affect one in every 700 newborns. Clefts occur when the bone’s and tissues of a baby’s upper jaw, nose, and mouth fuse during the first trimester in a pregnancy. When this occurs, the baby is born with a “cleft” in the mouth or lip.
Cleft deformities are categorized based on their location in their mouth and size of the abnormality. The four types of Clefts are:
- Unilateral Incomplete
- Unilateral Complete
- Bilateral Complete
- Microform Cleft
There are many reasons why a patient may get cleft palate correction. They are highly treatable deformities, but left untreated may lead to different risks such as speech problems, feeding, hearing loss & frequent ear infections, and dental issues.
What is involved in the cleft corrective treatment?
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth surrounding the deformity and using x-rays, will decide on which course of action to take. Treatments such as using implant teeth to fill gaps, or place braces on teeth, will help restore functionality while also improving overall appearance.
If your child was born with a cleft deformity, we recommend visiting our office for a consultation.
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