Cleft lip and palate are among the most common congenital conditions that can affect your child’s oral health and appearance. These conditions occur when the tissue in the lip or roof of the mouth does not fuse properly during pregnancy, resulting in openings or splits. These anomalies can cause difficulties in eating and speaking, and may also lead to ear infections and dental problems.

As a parent, seeing your child struggle with these challenges can be distressing. However, advancements in medical and dental care offer effective treatments to correct these conditions. Our State Street Dental is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for children with cleft lip and palate, ensuring they can enjoy a healthy and confident smile.

Treatment for cleft lip and palate usually involves a multidisciplinary approach. This means working with various specialists, including surgeons, orthodontists and speech therapists, to address all aspects of the condition. The initial step often involves surgery to close the cleft. For cleft lip, surgery is typically performed within the first few months of life. For cleft palate, surgery is usually done before the child reaches 18 months to help with speech development.

Post-surgery, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to align the teeth and jaws correctly. This can involve braces or other orthodontic appliances. Additionally, some children may require further surgeries or dental procedures as they grow to ensure optimal function and appearance.

Our experienced dentist and team will evaluate your child’s specific needs and develop a personalized treatment plan. We understand the importance of timely and effective intervention to enhance your child’s quality of life. From the initial consultation to post-treatment follow-ups, we are here to support you and your child every step of the way.

For more information about treating cleft lips and palates in Boise, Idaho, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Davis, please reach out to us at 208-939-1700. We are committed to helping your child achieve a healthy, functional and beautiful smile, allowing them to thrive in all aspects of their life.