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Cleft Palate Treatment
During fetal development the face actually develops in individual units that gradually grow together, closing to form complete structures. Sometimes birth defects prevent these structures from completing this process.
A cleft is a gap or notch in between these individual structures. The palate is the structure in the mouth most often called the roof of the mouth. This is further divided into the hard and soft palate. The hard palate is the space closer to the front of the mouth. The soft palate is the space closer to the throat. A cleft palate means that somewhere in the palate of the mouth a gap or notch remains where it the space should have been closed during healthy development. This gap can be disfiguring, especially if there is also a cleft lip, and can extend up into the nose of the infant.
Cleft palates are usually diagnosed after an ultrasound reveals a cleft lip or immediately after birth. Very rarely are cleft palates not diagnosed until later, but this is only when there is skin on the roof of the mouth that effectively hides the gap.
Cleft palates pose many challenges to the health of a newborn which need to be addressed by a team of doctors. Complications of cleft palates include:
• Breathing difficulties
• Feeding challenges
• Dental problems
• Hearing loss
• Speech disorders
• Psychological effects
In order to treat cleft palates, doctors need to first assess the extent of the defect and then work with a team for a comprehensive approach, which make take years to complete. Treatment generally includes:
• Immediate assistance with breathing and feeding. Moms who want to breastfeed may need to pump milk until the cleft can be repaired and the baby develops a sucking ability.
• Oral appliances. These devices can help babies with eating and breathing more normally.
• Surgical interventions. This is usually the best option for babies. Cleft palates are typically fixed by surgeons when the baby is between 9 and 18 months of age. More than one surgery may be needed.
• Cosmetic surgical intervention. Plastic surgeons can help to reduce the appearance of the cleft, both on the lip and due to the surgeries to fix a cleft palate.
• Hearing assessments and treatments as needed. Cleft palates can cause hearing loss because they interfere with the middle ear function. If this cannot be adequately repaired with surgery, hearing aids may be needed.
• Speech therapy. When the cleft damages the hearing, speech can be impacted as well.
• Oral surgery and orthodontic care as the child ages. Cleft palates often interfere with healthy gum and teeth development. Dentists who specialize in these repairs can develop a plan for dental health.
When cleft palates are diagnosed, parents are often devastated and worried about their child’s future. Working with a team of dedicated and experienced professionals can help ease these worries and repair the birth defects to a large degree.