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What is the role of the dental exam in a cleft lip and palate?

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Dr. Suman Das
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Preventive and relat

Lip, palate, teeth , gum are related as they are developmentally close to each other.Thats why often there may be problem with the growth of the reeth in cleft lip/cleft palate babies.
Moreover, these children needs help from the begining to identify the problems with the teeth and treat it.So, in every cleft lip/cleft palate there is a pedodentist and or dentist.

In brief: Preventive and relat

Lip, palate, teeth , gum are related as they are developmentally close to each other.Thats why often there may be problem with the growth of the reeth in cleft lip/cleft palate babies.
Moreover, these children needs help from the begining to identify the problems with the teeth and treat it.So, in every cleft lip/cleft palate there is a pedodentist and or dentist.
Dr. Suman Das
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Teeth and jaw

Cleft palate, and sometimes cleft lip can be associated with abnormal teeth development, and sometimes abnormal jaw growth of the upper or lower jaw.
A yearly exam by dental specialists on a cleft team is very important to recognize and treat developing problems.

In brief: Teeth and jaw

Cleft palate, and sometimes cleft lip can be associated with abnormal teeth development, and sometimes abnormal jaw growth of the upper or lower jaw.
A yearly exam by dental specialists on a cleft team is very important to recognize and treat developing problems.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Cleft palate not lip

An isolated cleft lip will not have any dental involvement, so exam and treatment is not needed.
A child with cleft palate should be evaluated by a multi-disciplinary cleft clinic which will include a variety of specialists: facial plastics, ent, speech, dental, etc. The nearest teaching university hospital will certainly be able to treat your child or refer you appropriately.

In brief: Cleft palate not lip

An isolated cleft lip will not have any dental involvement, so exam and treatment is not needed.
A child with cleft palate should be evaluated by a multi-disciplinary cleft clinic which will include a variety of specialists: facial plastics, ent, speech, dental, etc. The nearest teaching university hospital will certainly be able to treat your child or refer you appropriately.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Depends on severity

It really depends on the extent of involvement of the dental structures.
The dentist may coordinate the activities of the orthodontist, oral surgeon and prosthedontist to manage treatment of alveolar bone loss, missing or poorly erupting teeth, splints, palatal clefts, stents, bone expansion, palatal lifts, etc. However a dentist is essential to treatment.

In brief: Depends on severity

It really depends on the extent of involvement of the dental structures.
The dentist may coordinate the activities of the orthodontist, oral surgeon and prosthedontist to manage treatment of alveolar bone loss, missing or poorly erupting teeth, splints, palatal clefts, stents, bone expansion, palatal lifts, etc. However a dentist is essential to treatment.
Dr. Otto Placik
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