Cleft lips and palates are two birth defects that affect approximately one in every 700 babies. Both cleft lips and cleft palates develop during the first trimester of a pregnancy; cleft palate tends to form in week nine and cleft lip in week seven. In about half of all cases, both deformities occur simultaneously, while it’s been estimated that they occur separately in a quarter of all cases.

A cleft lip is a separation between the right and left sides of the lip. In most cases, this separation includes not only the lips, but the gum and bone of the upper jaw as well. A cleft palate, on the other hand, occurs when the two sides of the palate do not fuse together while the fetus develops, which creates an opening in the roof of the mouth.

Reasons for Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Correction

The good news is that cleft lips and cleft palates can be effectively treated. While it may take many specialists working together to treat the condition, the prognosis for those who have a cleft lip and/or cleft palate is good. However, if the cleft lip and/or cleft palate are left untreated, it can cause many problems, including:

  • Speech impediments
  • Dental issues
  • Problems drinking and eating
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Hearing loss

What Does Treatment for Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate in Newport Beach, California, Involve?

Dr. Douglas Hauck works closely with your other healthcare providers to repair the damage done by cleft lip or cleft palate. After performing a thorough examination of the teeth involved, which includes panoramic X-rays, our dentist will determine the best course of action. This could include braces or replacement teeth to restore function and aesthetics to your child’s smile. To make your child completely comfortable, we may apply local anesthetic before the treatment.

If your child has a cleft lip or cleft palate, please call Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping improve your child’s quality of life.