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Can cleft lips and cleft palates be repaired?

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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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 causes cleft lips and cleft palates?

What causes cleft lips and cleft palates?

Embryo failure: During the embryonic stage there is a failure of closure of suture lines. ...Read more

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Can cleft lips and cleft palates be prevented?

Can cleft lips and cleft palates be prevented?

Prevent cleft lip...: Many cases of cleft lip and palate cannot be prevented. Avoiding alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy can lower you risk of having a baby with a cleft lip. Use of multivitamin or prenatal vitamins including Folic Acid during pregnancy or if you are planning to get pregnant may prevent cleft lip and cleft palate. ...Read more

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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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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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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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How do cleft lip and palate develop?

How do cleft lip and palate develop?

Failure of fusion: There are essentially three layers in the developing embryo and it is felt that failure of the middle layer to advance and fuse in the face (from the frontonasal process of the bronchial arches) maybe responsible. While socioeconomic factors and nutrition play a role, genetic factors are also contributory. ...Read more

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How frequently do cleft lips and cleft palates occur?

How frequently do cleft lips and cleft palates occur?

It depends on a lot.: Cleft lip and palate can be as high as 50% (one in two children) for people with certain genetic make up, or much lower. Caucasians have about a 1 in 1000 risk of cleft lip and or palate, Africans about 1 in 1200, some Asians as high as 1 in 300. ...Read more

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Does one inherit cleft lip and palate?

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Yes: The cause for cleft lip/palate is both genetic and/or environmental factor. It is prevalent in native americans and asian. ...Read more

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How successful is repair of a cleft lip and palate?

Very Successful: Cleft lip and palate surgeries have produced some very successful functional and esthetic results. The type of cleft, timing of surgery, skill of the surgeon, technique and materials used, are factors that can influence the surgical outcome. ...Read more

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Chances of another child with cleft lip and palate?

Chances of another child with cleft lip and palate?

Depends on linkage: Cleft lip & palate are influenced by several genes & not passed as dominant or recessive traits. The chance of having a second child with a cl&p s quoted as ~4% while the chances of a cl&p parent having an affected child is ~6%. ...Read more

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What is orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate?

What is orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate?

Clefts and Jaw Sx: In cleft patients, it is common for the maxilla to fail to develop along normal growth patterns, a lot of this has to do with scarring from previous surgeries. In order to correct for this underdevelopment of the upper jaw, orthognathic surgery is performed. Typically, the upper jaw is advanced forward, and because it is a bilateral cleft, it will technically be a three-piece segmental LeFort. ...Read more

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What does orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate involve?

What does orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate involve?

Many surgeries : This surgery can include repair of the lip and nose by clipping then sewing the tissues together in the first 6 months of life. The palate (roof of mouth) repair around 12-18 months of age involves sewing the two sides together. A repair of a cleft in the gumline may involve adding bone and orthodontics (braces) usually 9-12 years old. ...Read more

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Does a cleft lip or cleft palate cause problems for a child?

Does a cleft lip or cleft palate cause problems for a child?

Feeding, then speech: Cleft lip is usually just an appearance issue, but cleft palate can result in early problems feeding, and later with speech. Other problems with teeth, etc can also arise. ...Read more

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How common do newborns have a cleft lip or palate?

About 1:1000 babies: It depends on the ethnic group, the family and pregnancy history, etc. Some asian groups have as high as 1 in 250 births with cleft, caucasians about 1 in 1000, and black africans about 1 in 1200 births. ...Read more

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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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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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Can dentists fix cleft lips?

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Can dentists fix cleft lips?

No: Cleft lips and cleft palates are surgically corrected by a cranio-facial reconstruction team that includes oral surgeons, plastic surgeons, ear-nose-throat surgeons, etc... Later, dentists and orthodontists straighten the teeth and add teeth implants if needed. ...Read more

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Cleft Palate (Definition)

Also called palatoschisis, this congenital condition is characterized by a gap, or fissure, in the ...Read more


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Cleft Lip (Definition)

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