There is a whole branch of emergency surgical procedures which are only done in expert dental clinics. These surgeries range from being emergency services after accidents to regular cosmetic surgeries done to fix a defect or enhance the appearance of the face.
Maxillofacial surgery specializes in treating diseases and injuries in the head, neck, face and jaw along with the tissues of the mouth and face. It is a recognized surgical specialty and of dentistry.
Cleft lip and palate surgery falls under maxillofacial specialization. Aesthetica being one of the best Dental clinics in Kolkata offers the best possible technology and qualified specialists to conduct the treatment to fix this irregularity. After a cleft lip surgery, the child can live an absolutely normal life without any impact whatsoever.
However, like most other surgical procedures, cleft lip and palate surgeries are also rife with a whole range of misconceptions and myths.
So that you can bring your child to the clinic and take this responsible step towards her health and well-being, here are the myths about cleft lip palate surgeries busted.
What is Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery?
Sometimes, children are born with an opening in their palate- which is the upper part in the inside of the mouth and sometimes even on the lip. With this defect it is extremely difficult to speak and eat and the facial appearance is also compromised. The most fundamental surgery that fixes this defect and allows the patient to lead a normal lifestyle is called a cleft lip and palate surgery.
All you need for this kind of surgery is to treat the child when he or she is less than a year. A detailed medical assessment and 3D x-rays are mandatory for planning the treatment. However, it is a single stage surgery and post operative healing takes as little as a few months.
- Myth: Cleft Lip Surgery Can Wait
A cleft lip surgery is most effective when done within three months of the child’s birth. Sometimes you could extend it to as far as a year but that is the limit. In fact, due to technological advancement, a cleft palate surgery can actually be conducted at an earlier age if it suits the patient.
- Myth: Cleft Lip Treatment Stops At The Surgery
The first step to a cleft lip treatment is the surgery. However, post that the child need to be taken through speech therapy to be able to talk regularly. Disregarding post operative care is one of the most detrimental choices one could make in the case of this particular surgery.
- Myth: Cleft Lip surgery is a cosmetic treatment
Cleft lip surgery is a necessity for the child to be able to eat and speak properly. If left untreated, the child will not be able to chew and consume food, and their speech will be impaired. Yes, the surgery improves the facial appearance of the child but it still is a procedure to fix the upper mandible for an effective and healthy life for the patient.