A cleft lip and palate treatment


Cleft lip and cleft palate are craniofacial abnormalities that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy.  Clefts, especially cleft lip with or without cleft palate, are diagnosed during the 16th week of pregnancy by a routine ultrasound. In the United States approximately one in every 700 babies will be born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Several factors contribute to the possibility of being born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Genetics and environmental factors as well drug use, vitamin deficiencies and smoking during pregnancy also contribute.

Infants born with cleft lip and palate face multiple, life-long health problems that need specialized care and will be referred to a craniofacial team that consists of the following providers:

  • pediatrician
  • plastic surgeon
  • feeding consultant
  • speech pathologist
  • ear, nose and throat specialist
  • pediatric dentist
  • orthodontist
  • oral surgeon
  • prosthodontist
  • social worker

Dentists play an important role in the treatment, providing pre-surgical soft/hard tissue molding, regular dental checkups due to high cavities risk, orthodontic treatment, jaw surgery, and prosthetic speech appliances.

PNAM treatment provided by Loma Linda University School of Dentistry is a Denti-Cal covered benefit for qualified patients.

For additional information read our articles and FAQs or contact the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at 909-558-4689.

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Pediatric Dental Clinic
11092 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: 909-558-4689
Fax: 909-558-0322