What is cleft lip and palate?
Unilateral cleft lip and palate
Bilateral cleft lip and palate
Cleft palate only
Cleft lip and cleft palate are openings or splits in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate) or both. Cleft or split can affect only one side of the lip (unilateral) or both (bilateral). Each case may be limited to the lip only or involve the roof of the mouth as well. Cleft lip and cleft palate result when developing facial structures in an unborn baby don't close completely.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth defects. Cleft lip and cleft palate most commonly occur as isolated birth defects but are also associated with many inherited genetic conditions or syndromes.
Having a baby born with a cleft can be upsetting, but cleft lip and cleft palate can be corrected. In most babies, a series of surgeries can restore normal function and achieve a more normal appearance with minimal scarring.
Dr. Myers is a team member of the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at the Queen Alexander Center where children born with a cleft are followed by a number of specialists such as Plastic Surgery, Orthodontics, Ear Nose and Throat Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Speech Pathology, Audiology as well as Dr Myers' specialty of Pediatric Dentistry.