One of the most common type of congenital defects to affect babies is a cleft lip or palate. Clefting occurs during key developmental stages during pregnancy, when for whatever reason, certain areas do not close together the way nature intended. This can lead to atypical mouth and lip development on one or both sides of the lip and/or palate (roof of the mouth.) As a result, it can affect a child’s ability to nurse, cause speech difficulties, and impact self-esteem.
As an oral surgeon, patients from Tustin, CA and the surrounding areas are often referred to Dr. Thiede for palate surgery and cleft lip repair. His expertise in the field, understanding personality and connection with patients of all ages allows us to provide lifelong support and maintenance procedures for cleft lip surgery and medical support.
A complex condition requiring palate or cleft lip surgery should only be performed by an experienced oral surgery expert. Because the technique and surgical strategies will affect the lifetime of our patients, Dr. Thiede takes all measures possible to provide the most functional and aesthetic outcomes, whether our patient is 5 or 45.
Dr. Thiede is on staff at many Tustin, CA area hospitals, making it possible for us to work with pediatricians, obstetricians, and general family physicians to provide the level of care their cleft lip surgery and palate procedures require. From newly born babies to grade-school aged children and beyond, we’re here to be by your family’s side throughout the continual orofacial development and physical changes of your child.
After cleft lip surgery and its healing period, your child can look forward to speaking, breathing and eating better than before treatment. Facial aesthetics will also be improved, enhancing self-confidence as they grow. Speech issues, in particular, can be addressed and corrected early on, so the need for speech therapy may not be needed. If you are looking for an oral surgeon experienced in cleft lip surgery and palate surgery, please contact us with any questions. Flexible financing an in-house sedation options are available.
New patients and physician-referrals are always accepted. Call today to schedule your visit with us!