We Have Resumed Normal Business Hours

Our patients, team members, and their families are the center of all we do as a company. Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery is closely monitoring guidelines from the CDC and are dedicated to keeping people safe and healthy.

We are resuming normal business hours and operations including all elective and non-elective treatments. As we re-open we want our patients to know they will see some changes in our offices including but not limited to social distancing measures, increased sanitization, increased use of PPE, and other changes. These changes are to protect our staff and patients as we are committed to serving the needs of our community during these difficult times.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and update our response as more information is made available from the CDC. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.

Stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Cleft Lip and Palate

A cleft lip refers to a split in a baby’s mouth or face and is treated with corrective surgery when the child is around 3 months old, which is designed to eliminate the facial gap.

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What is cleft lip?

A cleft lip or cleft palate refers to a split in a baby’s mouth or face. A cleft occurs during early pregnancy when the baby’s face develops. Each side of the face grows separately and eventually meets in the middle. In some instances, the face does not complete the development process, and a cleft can form in the roof of the mouth, the upper lip, or both. Cleft lips and palates can negatively affect your baby’s ability to eat and speak normally.

Cleft lip and palate are some of the most common conditions among infants. Oral surgeons are an important part of the treatment team for babies with clefts because they specialize in facial reconstruction and oral health solutions. It’s important to have your baby’s cleft treated as soon as possible. If left alone, cleft lip and palate can result in digestion issues, inner ear problems, and other health problems.

Cleft Lip Treatment

The treatment for your child’s cleft lip will depend on the severity of the space. One of our oral surgeons will perform corrective surgery when your child is around 3 months old. This surgery is joins the two sides of the lip, eliminating the gap. This results in restoring function and aesthetics to the mouth. In cases where the cleft lip extends to the nose and affects the nostrils, your doctor can either address it during the same surgery or schedule a follow-up procedure. In more severe cases, several surgeries may be necessary over time to fully repair a cleft lip.

Cleft Palate Treatment

Cleft palates are typically more extensive than cleft lips and therefore require more involved treatment. It usually takes several surgeries to completely repair a cleft palate. The first surgery occurs when your child is between 7 and 18 months. During the first surgery, your oral surgeon will close the opening in the roof of the mouth that connects it to the nasal cavity and form a functional palate. As your child ages, their mouth will need to accommodate the growth of adult teeth. Around 8–12 years of age, your oral surgeon will likely perform an additional surgery. This prepares the palate for this growth.

Cleft lip and palate treatment at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery

If you’re interested in any of the treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact our office to see how we can help you. We have offices conveniently located in Ashland, KY, or Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane, Kanawha City, Parkersburg, or Princeton WV.

We work closely with The Facial Center to provide a range of cosmetic services, including HydraFacial MD®, JUVÉDERM®, facelifts, and so much more! Call us or visit The Facial Center’s website to learn more.