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Can dentists fix cleft lips?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
12 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Cleft lip repair
Oral surgeons and or orofacial plastic surgeons can fix cleft lips.
general dentists are not qualified to do this

In brief: Cleft lip repair
Oral surgeons and or orofacial plastic surgeons can fix cleft lips.
general dentists are not qualified to do this
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail
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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists that continue their training to include facial surgeries and repairs.
Many cleft teams are run by dentists but also include plastic surgeons and ents.

In brief: Yes
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists that continue their training to include facial surgeries and repairs.
Many cleft teams are run by dentists but also include plastic surgeons and ents.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dr. Eyal Simchi
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Plastic surgeon or maxilla-facial surgeon is the doctor of choice.

In brief: No
Plastic surgeon or maxilla-facial surgeon is the doctor of choice.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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1 comment
Dr. James Sidman
Sorry, I don't agree with this answer. First of all, maxillofacial surgeons in the US are dentists. Some are trained to do cleft lip and palate surgery. Also, many Otolaryngologists are trained to do cleft lip and palate surgery also. The training is the important thing, not the title!
Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Sometimes
There are oral maxillofacial surgeons who are trained to do cleft palate and even cleft lip repairs.
This specialty is a dental specialty and the vast majority are dentists. So, the answer is a complicated "sometimes".

In brief: Sometimes
There are oral maxillofacial surgeons who are trained to do cleft palate and even cleft lip repairs.
This specialty is a dental specialty and the vast majority are dentists. So, the answer is a complicated "sometimes".
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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