If you find yourself with a Cleft Lip & Palate in Melbourne, Florida then Dr. Sedaros can help you with Cleft Lip and Palate treatment. The main purpose of the surgery is to:

1. Close the gap or hole between the roof of the mouth and the nose.

2. Reconnect the muscles that make the palate work.

3. Make the repaired palate long enough so that the palate can perform its function properly.

“Cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, affects one in 700 babies annually, and is the fourth most common birth defect in the U.S. There are many different techniques that surgeons will use to accomplish these goals. The choice of techniques may vary between surgeons and should be discussed between the parents and the surgeon prior to surgery,” WebMD explains.

The cleft hard palate is generally repaired between the ages of 8 and 12 when the cuspid teeth begin to develop. The procedure involves placement of bone from the hip into the bony defect, and closure of the communication from the nose to the gum tissue in three layers. It may also be performed in teenagers and adults as an individual procedure or combined with corrective jaw surgery.

Dr. Sedaros of Sedaros Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implants is available to address any of your concerns about your Cleft Lip or Palate, so call our office today at (321) 610-7868 to schedule an appointment.