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Can a palate expander fix a cleft palate?

Can a palate expander fix a cleft palate?

Not it's job: Palatal expander used to widen a narrow upper jaw. It does not correct a cleft, but properly repositions the 2 halves of the upper jaw from side-to-side. Repair of the cleft usually means some surgery. Talk to the cleft team about what's being done and why. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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What is a cleft lip and cleft palate?

What is a cleft lip and cleft palate?

Incomplete closure: During development of the fetus the palate and upper lip start separated from each other. During development the palate and lip come together and ultimately fuse. Rarely the palate doesn't fuse leading to a space between the two sides (cleft palate) or the lip doesn't fuse (cleft lip) or both fail to fuse (cleft lip and palate). ...Read more

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What is the cause of unilateral cleft lip, submucus palate, tongue tie and bifid uvula in a female baby with first degree relatives parents?

What is the cause of unilateral cleft lip, submucus palate, tongue tie and bifid uvula in a female baby with first degree relatives parents?

Unknown: All 4 conditions can occur individually or in various combinations. Causes for congenital deformities (birth defects) can include environmental factors (maternal nutritional deficiencies), inherited factors as well as spontaneous mutations. Although incest is not common or considered advisable for humans, I am not aware of a specific correlation with orofacial deformities. ...Read more

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Cleft palate and palatine processes for surgery?

Good if needed: Have your orthodontist and your oral surgeon both review your situation. The co-ordination between the 2 of them generally gives better results. ...Read more

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Cleft lip and palate repair--best at birth or later?

Cleft lip and palate repair--best at birth or later?

Lip by 3 months.: Lip repair is usually done by 3 months old, and palate repair by 10 months before speech begins. The age of lip repair is not critical, and most surgeons do not feel that the risks of early (ie 0-4 weeks old) outweigh the theoretical benefits. So, repair at birth is frowned on by most cleft centers and surgeons. ...Read more

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Braces ok after cleft lip and palate?

Braces ok after cleft lip and palate?

Yes: Many individuals that have had the surgeries to repair the clefts have gotten braces. However, the situation is different and is made more complex due to the cleft healing sights. Talk to an orthodontis or dentist to get more input and find your options. I think it is a good option. ...Read more

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What is a cleft lip or palate?

Opening lip/palate: Cleft lip is an opening in the skin and muscle of the upper lip and is a birth defect. Cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. It can be partial or complete. You can have cleft lip or palate with or without the other. ...Read more

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Discomfort in throat (not really sore,) looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypt, red throat, swollen tonsils, swollen/painful lymph nodes?

Discomfort in throat (not really sore,) looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypt, red throat, swollen tonsils, swollen/painful lymph nodes?

Cryptic Tonsils: You have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water pick to help get the particles out, but ultimately the treatment is to remove the tonsils. This is done if they are constantly or recurrently inflamed or infected, if one has severe bad breath. ...Read more

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Can cleft lips and cleft palates be repaired?

Cleft repair: Yes, both cleft lip and cleft palate can be repaired. The website of the cleft palate foundation ( http://www.Cleftline.Org/ ) has useful information about cleft surgery and other aspect of cleft care. ...Read more

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Enlarged uvula in back of mouth ?

Enlarged uvula in back of mouth ?

Viral Infection: Typically is caused by a viral infection, it may also be from an allergy. If you are having issues with breathing, go to the ER. At times it is severe enough where patients will take prednisone to decrease the swelling. ...Read more

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Does a cleft palate (harelip) sound cause voice changes?

Does a cleft palate (harelip) sound cause voice changes?

Question unclear: A cleft palate is different from a cleft lip. Cleft palate will cause difficulty with many speech sounds, while an isolated cleft lip does not. ...Read more

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Sore throat with lump on tonsil std?

Sore throat with lump on tonsil std?

STDs: Anything is possible but this would be an unusual presentation of an std. My advice is that if you fell you may have been exposed the best thing to do is see a doctor and be thoroughly tested for all relevant stds. ...Read more

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Can lingual frenectomy correct a tied tongue?

Can lingual frenectomy correct a tied tongue?

Yes: An oral surgeon, periodontist, and a general dentist all can perform a frenectomy. If you go to a clinician that has a laser, the healing of the frenectomy is much quicker. Ask your clinician as to whether they have a soft tissue laser with which they can perform this procedure. ...Read more

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Sore throat, bright red throat and tonsils, swollen tonsils, looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypts, swollen lymph nodes. Go to doctor?

Sore throat, bright red throat and tonsils, swollen tonsils, looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypts, swollen lymph nodes. Go to doctor?

Yep: New onset sore throat, with redness, discolored patches needs to be evaluated for strep throat. If a rapid strep test is negative, ask for a throat culture, Since 1 to 3 out of 10 rapid strep tests have false negatives & strep is missed. As long as strep is treated within 10 days the risk of acquiring rheumatic fever is minimal. So go to an UC today or see doc tomorrow. Now if had for 10 days. ...Read more

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What are swollen lingual tonsils?

What are swollen lingual tonsils?

Tongue lymph tissue : Tonsils are lymph tissue generally & part of the lymphatic system of the immune system. Swollen lingual tonsils, at the base of the tongue, may indicate some type of allergic or immune issue. Keep a diary: food, drinks & toothpaste (flavors) could trigger an immune response. Gastric reflux or sinus drainage could affect this lymph tissue also. Sleep breathing problems could be involved. ...Read more

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Behind posterior tonsil pillars on each side are squishy tonsil like masses of tissue. Same colour and texture as palatine tonsils.

Behind posterior tonsil pillars on each side are squishy tonsil like masses of tissue. Same colour and texture as palatine tonsils.

These are probably: just extensive expansions of the tonsillar organs themselves. If they are not causing trouble (swallowing, breathing, etc.) they are of no concern. Certainly seeing them would help to define them more clearly so you will need to see a health care professional locally to accomplish this. Make an appointment for reassurance soon. ...Read more

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Seen ENT 4 asymetrical tonsils, normal. Tongue pain same side as larger tonsil ENT says no lesion. Now upper mouth pain r side. Tonsil cancer metasis?

Seen ENT 4 asymetrical tonsils,  normal. Tongue pain same side as larger tonsil ENT says no lesion. Now upper mouth pain r side. Tonsil cancer metasis?

No: The tonsil is an aggragate of lymphocytes to help protect against oral bacteria. When one side is enlarged there could be a lesion but ulceration would be seen or some evidence of a destructive process. With tumor, spread to the ipsilateral side lymph nodes would be seen. and easily identified . Upper mouth pain is most frequently seen with inflammation. ...Read more

Uvula (Definition)

A piece of normal tissue that is seen at the back of ...Read more