Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are congenital malformations that happen during early gestation at a rate of 1 in every 800 babies. These days, parents can feel at ease, knowing that oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to repair these conditions with great success and very favorable aesthetic outcomes.

Finding The Right Oral Surgeon To Treat Cleft Lip With Dr. Perrino

Cleft Lip Surgery

The two sides of the face develop separately and then join together during pregnancy. In the case of a cleft lip, the two sides did not completely join together, leaving a separation on the lip that is not only noticeable but can interfere with a child’s ability to suck, eat and speak. The cleft can occur on one side (unilateral), or both (bilateral). Surgery for cleft lips is typically performed before three months of age. Additional surgeries are sometimes needed to fix the nostril or gums if affected.

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Stop looking further for your oral surgery needs, Dr. Auerbach is all you need to know. A few minutes into my consultation visit and I already knew I was in great hands. He was very professional, great on answering all questions I had, and gave me as much time as I needed without making me feel rushed. There's a reason the NJ Devils trust Riverside. I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed in just under an hour. Thankfully, he did a great job on that as well as preparing me for what the recovery process would entail. He personally followed up with me the next day to check in on me and see if I was having any complications....which I wasn't, cause he's just that good.

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Dr. Auerbach and the staff at Riverside Oral Surgery are extremely nice and professional. They really make you feel very comfortable and cared for. I was there recently for two extractions and bone grafts and they thoroughly explained what to expect during and after the procedures. As a mom of a special needs child, it is greatly appreciated when I can go and be relaxed while having my teeth taken care of. Bonus perk - while listening to music, with my eyes closed and the light on my face, I can almost pretend to be sitting in the sun on a beach!

Cleft Palate Surgery

The “palate” is the roof of your mouth and is designed to separate the nasal cavity. This is very important for two reasons: 1) to keep food and fluids from entering the nasal cavity and 2) to keep air from blowing out of your nose during speech. The palate forms in a similar way to the lips – it is supposed to connect during pregnancy, but sometimes it doesn’t do so properly, forming a separation.

The repairing of a cleft palate typically requires several surgeries over the course of the child’s first 18 years. The first is often done between 7 and 18 months old. The goals of surgery include the closing of the gap or hole, the reconnection of muscles, and the repair of the palate to ensure its proper functioning.

Complications with Cleft Palates

Sometimes children born with cleft palates may also have small chins or other craniofacial anomalies that may interfere with breathing or aesthetics. Dr. Perrino will evaluate your child carefully to ensure the safest, most comprehensive plan for care.

Your Team

Cleft palate and cleft lip malformations often require more than one specialist to properly treat. Your child will have a great team of doctors and specialists, to ensure the best outcome in terms of function and aesthetics for a lifetime of happy smiles.

Parents are naturally very sensitive to these conditions, so we urge you to contact us with any questions about your child’s care!