Discover the best way to correct a cleft lip and to improve your appearance.
The day your child is born is one of the most exciting moments in a parent’s life. Of course, finding out your precious newborn has a cleft lip can make things a little more complicated. Luckily, our expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. David Gailey in Spokane, WA, are here to help you determine the best way to treat your child’s cleft lip to put your mind at ease.
Why should a cleft lip be treated?
A cleft lip can present many challenges if left untreated including hearing or speech problems. As you can imagine, a cleft lip can affect a child’s speech. Children born with cleft lips are also more likely to develop ear infections. By repairing this birth defect as soon as possible we can minimize these issues.
Most children will undergo a cleft lip repair before their first birthday. Consequent surgeries may be required later on, depending on a variety of factors including the severity of the defect.
How is a cleft lip treated?
Surgery is the only way to correct a cleft lip. The goal of this surgery is to not only improve your child’s appearance but also make it easier for them to speak, chew or hear. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so your child will be asleep throughout the procedure. To repair the cleft lip, our Spokane, WA, oral and maxillofacial surgeons will make incisions on both sides of the defect and then stitch these two pieces of tissue together to close the gap, which will greatly improve the shape and appearance of your child’s lip.
A cleft palate repair may also be necessary to improve the roof of the mouth, which can improve speech. When your child comes in for a consultation we will be able to determine whether or not they will also require this restorative procedure.
If your child was born with a cleft lip and you want to talk to us about their treatment options then call Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA, today to schedule your child’s consultation. We are here to provide you and your little one with the best care possible.