What is a Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery

A cleft lip and palate is a congenital condition that occurs due to the abnormal development of facial structures in a fetus. Cleft lip and palate is characterized by the improper formation of a baby’s lip or mouth that causes it to have an opening (commonly referred to as cleft). This condition tends to lead to complications relating to feeding, talking, and problems with teeth. A cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth defects in children.

What are some of the complications of a Cleft Lip & Palate?

A cleft lip and/or palate can result in problems with feeding, talking, and various dental problems. Additionally, it may also lead to social, emotional, and behavioral problems resulting from an altered physical appearance that causes varying psychological problems.

How Is a Cleft Lip & Palate diagnosed?

Since cleft lip and cleft palate are physical deformities, they are apparent at the time of birth without requiring any special tests. However, this condition can be detected before birth through a routine ultrasound evaluation around the 18th week of pregnancy. Further tests can be run during this time to gain a better understanding of other potential conditions that may also be present with a cleft lip and palate.

What is the treatment for a Cleft Lip & Palate?

The treatment for cleft lip and/or palate aims to provide complete functionality to the tissues in order to ensure proper ability to eat, speak, and breathe. This requires a surgical procedure that aims to fuse together the opening in the upper lip or mouth using techniques specific to the nature of the cleft. This often leads to a remarkably improved appearance as well as an immediate improvement in the ability to eat and speak.

Why Park Smiles NYC Pediatrics for Cleft Lip & Palate treatment?

 Dr. Cohen is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with extensive experience and success in corrective facial surgery for children in New York City – including cleft lip and palate treatment.  He also travels the globe to remote towns and villages in Africa, South America and Asia to provide free surgical services to disadvantaged children.

Not only is Dr. Cohen extremely knowledgeable and proficient, but his strong sense of compassion and empathy makes him the ideal oral and maxillofacial surgeon for your child’s needs.

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For the best of the best in Comprehensive Pediatric Dental Care in New York City, call Park Smiles NYC Pediatrics today at 212-988-6727.  We look forward to serving you with an unsurpassed commitment to comfort, compassion and empathetic care

Dr. Ruben Cohen

         Park Smiles NYC Pediatrics

Announced in 2017 in New York Times Magazine as one of the top 20 oral surgeons and “Super Specialists” in New York City – selected by local medical experts!