CLEFT LIP AND PALATE
Cleft lip and cleft palate defects occur in about 1 out of every 800 pregnancies. The problem occurs during the development of the face and palate in utero, when the developing sections of the face don’t join properly. If the sections don’t line up in the child’s lip area, then the child is said to have a cleft lip; a cleft palate develops when sections of the palate do not connect correctly.
A skilled Oral Surgeon is needed to repair the cleft. With modern surgical techniques, the cleft can be repaired with barely even a scar to mark the damaged area. Dr. McLelland, a skilled oral surgeon, is experienced in cleft lip and cleft palate repair and has been on the Spokane Maxillofacial Team since 2003 helping patients with cleft lip and palate and facial deformities. The Spokane Maxillofacial Team is the Inland Northwest’s only cleft lip and palate board.