Putting Cleft Facial Features Behind You

Cleft Lip Surgery Is Just One Effective Solution

Thousands of babies are born in the United States every year with a cleft palate; many thousands more are born with a cleft lip. These common birth defects can cause problems for children from their very first days, impacting their ability to breathe and breastfeed early on and creating speech difficulties and a poor self-image as they grow. A cleft lip occurs during pregnancy when the developing child’s lip tissue doesn’t grow together correctly. A cleft palate is a failure of the gum and bone on the roof of the mouth to properly fuse together, resulting in a problematic opening between the child’s mouth and nasal cavity.

The great news is that there are effective treatments for both of these conditions. As highly experienced oral surgeons, Dr. Eric Baker and Dr. Tim Betita regularly perform cleft lip surgery and cleft palate surgery. Through their well-practiced skill, you or a loved one who’s suffering from these conditions can live a normal life for the first time. No longer do breathing and eating have to be difficult for you. No longer will the social stigmas have to haunt you. Hope is here.

Activities Enhanced By Cleft Lip Surgery Or Cleft Palate Surgery

  • Eating
  • Speaking
  • Hearing
  • Breathing
  • Socializing
  • Developing a healthy self-esteem
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Count On Us To Correct Congenital Abnormalities

Our oral surgeons can complete cleft lip surgery and cleft palate surgery right here in our Dana Point, CA office. We are specialists in making these birth defects virtually disappear, giving our patients the chance to eat, breathe, and socialize without worry, and restoring their overall health and well-being. Before undertaking any surgical procedures, we first determine the right type of treatment and personalize a plan for comprehensive post-surgical care. Surgical options can range from palatoplasty to orthognathic surgery to flap surgery.

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Rehabilitation Requires Coordination And Cooperation

Cleft lip surgery and cleft palate surgery provide nothing short of a life-changing physical transformation, but they alone won’t give the patient—you or a family member—a normal life. Speech therapy is part of the post-surgical rehabilitation process. In fact, we help to coordinate care with your speech therapist, family doctor, dentist, and/or pediatrician. Each of these individuals plays their own critical role in making our cleft lip surgery and cleft palate surgery patients whole again.

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