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Cleft and Craniofacial Center
Sri Ramachandra University
Porur, Chennai, 600116
We have completed more than 10,000 free cleft surgeries, and we performed approximately 800 free cleft surgeries every year.
What is cleft Lip & Palate ?
What are craniofacial deformities?
How to feed cleft baby?
At what age treatment starts?
Will child be like normal child aftertreatment?
What is treatment for whole in palate after palate repair?
How to go about if I have speechproblem even after palate repair?
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Feeding of cleft baby
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Pediatric Dental Treatment
Orthodontic treatment
Ear problem
Refinement and Nose correction surgeries
Craniofacial cleft and anomalies
Orthognathic Surgery
Orthodontic Treatment
Children with cleft lip and palate have special problems related to their teeth and jaws. An orthodontist is a specialist in tooth movement and the orthopedic movement of jaws. Orthodontic treatment does not begin before the eruption of permanent teeth i.e. at age of 6-7 years. The goal of treatment is function (a bite which works well), aesthetics (to achieve a good smile) and stability of the arches. When the teeth have been orthodontically moved to their proper place, the defect in the alveolar arch at the site of the cleft is filled surgically by bone graft. This filling facilitates the eruption of permanent canine teeth. The purpose of the orthodontic treatment is, where possible, to align all the teeth and close all residual spaces without the use of bridges or dentures.

Around 6-7 years of age, some children only need simple orthodontic treatment involving braces to straighten the teeth and no further treatment is necessary. In most cases, however, expansion of the maxilla and bone grafting of the alveolus (tooth bearing portion of the upper jaw) is necessary, with the expansion beginning at about 6 to 7 years of age. The purpose of the expansion is to bring the child's teeth into correct relationship to each other. When this has been done successfully, the bone graft (from the top of the hip bone) is placed to replace the missing bony tissue. The expanded position of the dental arch is maintained for 6 to 12 months by which time the graft should have taken successfully. The procedure should be completed by the age of 10 to 11 years. Full orthodontic alignment can start with the use of fixed braces when all the permanent teeth have erupted (usually by the age of 13 years).
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