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Cleft Lip & Palate Treatment Is Available for Young Patients

Baby with cleft lipEven before the baby has properly left the womb, it’s possible for them to experience levels of facial deformity. One of the most common issues is when certain areas of the face do not properly fuse together, resulting in the cleft lip (where the left and right sides of the upper lip have a noticeable gap between them) and/or cleft palate (where the roof of the mouth hasn’t joined). At Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center, our experienced specialists strongly recommend surgical intervention to correct these congenital defects early on in the child’s life. Contact any of our office locations in the Denver, CO area today to schedule a consultation!

How will Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate Affect My Child’s Life?

Parent kissing baby with cleft lip

Cleft lip is a primarily cosmetic problem. Although its presence doesn’t indicate a developmental disorder, many adults perceive it that way incorrectly. As a result, a child may experience mental and emotional consequences. Additionally, infants may struggle to breastfeed/bottle-feed properly with a cleft lip.

A cleft palate (or a combination of the two) is a much more serious problem. These children have an even more difficult time nursing, drinking bottles, or even eating solid foods. Severe dental misalignments may also be caused by a cleft palate, and serious speech problems are common too.

What Happens During Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate Surgery?

Crying baby with cleft lip

We understand that it might be scary to consider, but children respond better to surgery at a very young age – that’s why we recommend that these surgical procedures be completed right away! Your son or daughter will be put to sleep with general anesthesia before we begin to ensure their safety and comfort. For cases of cleft lip, the tissue will be reshaped and sutured together. For cases of cleft palate, we will need to transfer tissue and bone from the soft palate to close the hole. Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, multiple procedures may be necessary to ensure the best results possible.