At Sedaros Oral Surgery, we specialize in the surgical correction of cleft palates. A cleft palate is a birth defect affecting the roof of the mouth, where a portion (or all) of the roof does not completely develop and close. Normally, the roof of the mouth would finish this development during the first three months of pregnancy.
A cleft palate may involve the lip (called a cleft lip), may involve one side of the palate (unilateral), or may involve both sides of the palate (bilateral). The causes of a cleft palate vary from case to case but have been associated with drug or alcohol use, environmental factors, maternal age, or family history. In some cases, none of these factors exist and the cause is unknown. Babies with cleft palates may require specialized care for speech development, feeding, development of teeth, ear infections, or hearing.
The cleft palate is typically surgically repaired between the ages of 12-18 months and Dr. Sedaros and his team are your Melbourne FL oral surgery associates for cleft palate repair. If you would like to schedule evaluation and treatment for a child with a cleft palate, contact our offices today for an appointment.