A cleft lip and cleft palate is a birth defect caused by the improper formation of the lip or the lip and the bony palate. A cleft palate will occur when the roof of the mouth has an opening into the nose. This condition can result in difficulty eating and drinking as liquids may travel into the nose. Additionally, speech and pronunciation problems, hearing deficits and frequent ear infections can also occur. Several other types of craniofacial syndromes can be associated with cleft lip and palate, which can usually be diagnosed during an ultrasound conducted during pregnancy.
Orthodontics and oral surgery can successfully treat cleft lip or palate. Treating this syndrome begins within the first few months of an infant’s life for cleft lip repair. Treatment outcomes are positive with appropriate orthodontic management of the dentition, growth, and development. Throughout treatment, speech therapy and dental care may also be required. Dr. Mehra at Totally Dental had been a member of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team for 13 years, which has provided the opportunity to treat many patients suffering from this syndrome. Our compassionate dental team recognizes the complexities in this field and other syndromes. We are here to aid you in the ongoing dental care of you and your child.