Font Size
A
A
A

Doctors Who Treat Cleft Lip and Palate


Topic Overview

Often, several doctors and other health professionals will help care for a child with cleft lip and/or cleft palate. The team may include primary care health professionals, surgeons, dentists and orthodontists, and a variety of therapists. The staff at most large hospitals can help you to know who you need to see and when. They can also help you schedule appointments.

Primary care health professionals

If your child is born with cleft lip and/or palate, your primary care health professionals may include:

Specialists

A child born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate needs ongoing evaluation from medical specialists. Sometimes, ongoing procedures or surgery may be needed.

Specialists include:

  • Dentists, especially pediatric dentists, and other doctors who have trained in dental problems related to facial deformities, such as maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, and prosthodontists.
  • Plastic surgeons.
  • Otolaryngologists or ENT doctors (specialists in care of the ears, nose, and throat).

Specialized therapists

Depending on the exact nature of the problems, a child born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate may need specialized therapy. A wide range of services are available to screen for and treat specific issues, such as speech, hearing, or mental health problems. You may consult:

Related Information

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerAdam David Schaffner, MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
Last RevisedJanuary 19, 2012

eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

To learn more visit Healthwise.org

© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.





Medical Dictionary