Ideally, your child’s facial plates should fuse together naturally during fetal development. However, there are a few rare instances where incomplete fusion in the roof of the mouth causes an opening in the periodontal tissue as well as other oral structures.
This condition, known as a cleft palate can affect the appearance and function of your child’s mouth. Left unaddressed it can also affect their speech development and lead to other complications.
If your child has a cleft palate, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist like Dr. Bartholemew Schultz. Depending on the size and severity of the area he might advocate different restorative procedures to help correct or improve the structure and function of your child’s mouth.
The initial consultation will take into account contributing factors such as the structural integrity of the root of their mouth as well as the available bone structure. Our dentist will also help you understand treatments that can improve the shape of the lip, the appearance of the gums and the appearance of their teeth.
The treatment plan that he presents might involve multiple procedures as your child ages and their mouth develops.
If you live in the areas surrounding Savage, Minnesota, and your child has a cleft palate, you should call 952-894-2545 to set up a consultation appointment at Smiles of Distinction.