If your child has a cleft lip and/or cleft palate, it can be distressing and scary for a parent. We understand how concerning it can be to learn your child has this condition and that surgery is needed to correct it. However, our life-changing surgery for cleft lip and cleft palate in Catonsville, MD is predictable and efficient, restoring normal appearance and function with minimal scarring. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon has undergone years of advanced training to specialize in these procedures and takes a careful, gentle approach to treating your child. Our entire team at DCB Associates also stays up to date on the latest advancements in cleft lip and palate repair to ensure our surgeries are using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Rest assured, we are here to improve your child’s life and provide surgery with the utmost in safety and gentle care.
Why Treat Cleft Lip and Palate?
Cleft lip refers to a split in the lip that can either be a small “notch” or extend further through the gumline and palate (roof of the mouth). Cleft palate is when this split is only in the roof of the mouth and does not affect facial appearance. Treating cleft lip and/or cleft palate can eliminate the following problems:
Difficulty breastfeeding or using a bottle
Persistent ear infection or hearing loss
Speech and enunciation issues
Problems with tooth development
Behavioral or emotional problems
Understanding Your Child’s Surgery
Cleft lip or cleft palate repair is a minor surgery that is highly successful. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, our doctor has both dental and medical training, and in addition to expertise in this type of surgery, can properly address any emergencies that may arise. Your child will need sedation or anesthesia during surgery, which we are trained and licensed to provide in office. During the surgery, we will gently close the lip split(s), repositioning the tissues into a more natural and aesthetic position. For palate repair, the tissues and muscles in the mouth are used to reposition and rebuild the natural roof of the mouth. When the incisions are sutured in place, the surgery will be over! We’ll provide all the necessary instructions to prepare your child for surgery and how to care for them during recovery. If at any time you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our Catonsville, MD office!
Benefiting from Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
Improved ability to latch for feeding
Restored or improved lip and nasal symmetry
Improved function for proper speech
Improve dental growth and development
Better overall facial appearance
Improved quality of life
Our Patients Tell The Story Best
Cleft Lip and Palate
My Cleft-Palate Limited the Use of My Teeth, But After Orthognathic Surgery I Can Eat What I Want