Cleft lips and cleft palates are among the most prevalent birth abnormalities in the world. A baby can come into this world with just a cleft lip, only a cleft palate, or both. Surgery is the sole way to repair both conditions.
If your child needs an oral surgeon for his (or her) cleft or clefts, know that we at the office of Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are committed to providing all of our patients with the excellent care and attention they deserve. During your initial consultation, you and your child will meet with one of our board-certified oral surgeons. The doctor will then evaluate your child’s circumstances and explain the treatment options clearly and concisely. The surgeon will also give you as much time as you need to ask all of your questions.
The acuteness of a cleft lip varies from child to child. For some children, the cleft may consist of a small notch in the lip. In other children, however, the cleft can reach the base of the nose. A cleft palate involves a split in the roof of the mouth. A split can form on one or both sides of the mouth and span the length of the palate.
Corrective surgery for a cleft lip is usually done by the time a child is a year old. Then, corrective surgery for a cleft palate is usually done by the time a child is 18 months old. Surgeries to complete the repair will continue until the child is age 18. The procedures’ rewards include efficient functions of the lip and palate, help with good speech development, a reduction in the chances of problems in the middle ear, the removal of social stigmas, and assistance in the correct maturity of teeth and facial bones.
The office of Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery uses state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to perform a complete array of surgical procedures with the utmost care and precision. Our team is made up of friendly, highly trained specialists who are eager to help you feel comfortable and relaxed while receiving the very best in oral surgery care. For more information about our practice and our multitude of services, please don’t hesitate to call us today.
By Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
September 27, 2021