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Cleft palates are serious conditions that can occur when facial structures in a baby do not undergo proper development. A cleft palate is when the roof of the mouth, or the palate, has an opening or a split (cleft) in it. Our oral surgeon can perform alveolar cleft repair in Norwalk, Connecticut, in order to correct this condition. This treatment involves multiple surgeries to restore the form and function to the patient. Dr. Imanuel Babayev is able to use this procedure to help our patients with a minimum amount of scarring.

Alveolar cleft repair is typically performed when the child is between the ages of 9 to 12 months. A cleft palate will typically be repaired when the child is between the ages of nine to twelve months. In order to repair the palate and restore the normal barrier between the mouth and nose, our oral surgeon will connect the soft palate muscles from each side. Bone grafting may be used during this procedure to ensure that the palate and oral tissues come together properly.

After the initial procedure, additional surgeries are usually needed to improve the aesthetic of the lip and the nose, close the gap between the nose and the mouth, help with the patient’s breathing, realign the jaw and provide it with stabilization. Braces are often required later in life when the patient’s permanent teeth have grown in.

Learn more about how our oral surgeon can repair conditions such as cleft palates and schedule an appointment at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Fairfield County by calling us at 203-489-0980 today.