At Northridge Dental Group, our team is devoted to the overall health and comfort of your smile. For this reason, our dentists offer treatment options for cleft lips and cleft palates, which are essentially a separation in gums or in the bone behind it. Both of these conditions are birth defects that appear in a small number of children. These difficulties develop when the child is in the womb, and can be identified early. Fortunately, these conditions can be treated, and the success rate for these treatments is excellent. Dr. Lo recommend these treatments because individuals who do not receive treatment are at risk for several complications, including:
- Difficulty Feeding: Babies with a cleft lip and cleft palate often have difficulty drinking because the milk can go from the mouth to the nasal cavity, possibly leading to danger for the child.
- Ear Problems: Children with a cleft palate may suffer from liquid pooling in their ears. This liquid can lead to several ear infections.
- Dental Complications: Often, these difficulties can result in the loss of teeth, or impacted teeth. This might lead to difficulty with brushing, which can lead to gum disease.
- Speech Difficulty: A child with one of these difficulties may have difficulty speaking, leading to several complications.
If you are interested in seeing how our team can help you, please feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon soon. We look forward to hearing from you.