There are a variety of congenital conditions that can have a profound effect on the appearance, health, and function of your smile. One of the most common conditions is a cleft palate. A cleft palate is the incomplete fusion of the roof of your mouth, resulting in an opening in the gum tissue. This opening can make eating and speaking difficult. A cleft palate can affect any part of the upper mouth, and even extend to the lip area. Cleft palates tend to occur more frequently among girls than boys, and it is one of the most common birth defects worldwide.
Cleft lip is another congenital condition that affects babies and is among the most common birth defect; it is a result from developing facial structures in an unborn baby that do not close completely. This defect creates slits in the upper lip and can create the same types of issues as a cleft palate.
Bells Palsy typically affects the nerves on one side of the face and is a facial nerve paralysis condition, usually resorting to a drooping eye, cheek, and mouth. When the nerve is damaged, your face is not able to receive the signals to and from the brain. Some symptoms include twitching; ear pain; loss of facial expression; and trouble speaking, eating, and drinking. Bells is usually short-lived, but it can continue for months. Steroids can be given to shorten the duration and help in recovery.
At Ralph M Hoffmann DMD PA, we are pleased to offer restorative services that can correct a wide variety of congenital dental disorders, including cleft palate. When you visit our office for your consultation, Dr. Ralph Hoffmann can evaluate your condition and speak with you about treatment options. We are committed to helping you achieve a smile that is functional, healthy, and beautiful so that you can enjoy the lifestyle you deserve. If you or your child suffers from a cleft palate in Charlotte, North Carolina, and are seeking relief, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our caring prosthodontist in Charlotte, North Carolina. We look forward to helping you find a solution that is optimal for your needs!
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