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Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

A cleft lip is an opening or split in the upper lip that occurs when developing facial structures in an unborn baby don't close completely. Cleft lip may be unilateral or bilateral. A baby with a cleft lip may also experience a cleft in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate). - The Mayo Clinic

Deep Dive into Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate


About Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects commonly are called “orofacial clefts”. For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Cleft Lip / Cleft Palate webpage.

Maryland Treatment Centers

Initially, surgeons will work to close the cleft openings in the first six months of the child’s life. Unfortunately, this does not cure the dental problems that occur as a result of cleft lip and cleft palate defects. The dentist will perform a thorough examination of the teeth surrounding the deformity. The Maryland Prosthodontic Associates has treatment options for those requiring it. Visit the Maryland Prosthodontic Associates webpage for more information.

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