Cleft Lip andor Palate

This type of craniofacial condition may lead to a separation of the parts or segments of the lip or roof of the mouth that are usually joined together during the early weeks in fetal development. A cleft lip is a separation of the two sides of the lip and often includes the bones of the maxilla and/or the upper gum. A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth that occurs when the two sides of the palate do not fuse as the unborn baby develops.

For a full discussion of this condition, its cause and treatment, see the separate entry for cleft lip


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