Problems may arise with oral health at any time. Some children are born with a mouth deformity, but others don’t develop problems until they become older. For certain issues, an Idaho oral surgery specialist is needed to correct these problems, with cleft lip and palate and impacted canines being two such issues.
Cleft Lip and Palate
Problems may arise as children develop in the womb, and many of these issues can be corrected shortly after birth. For example, a child may develop a cleft lip or palate before birth, and cleft lip surgery or a procedure that addresses both issues will be needed. A cleft lip interferes with the child’s ability to speak and suck properly, while a cleft palate problem must be addressed for similar reasons.
If a child is diagnosed with either issue, a specialist is called in to determine the proper treatment. Children often undergo surgery at the age of ten weeks to correct the cleft lip and close the separation. This helps to restore the normal function of muscles in the mouth and corrects the shape of the mouth. When a nostril deformity is present, it may be corrected during the surgery or a follow-up procedure might be recommended.
Cleft palate surgery works to close the gap between the nose and the roof of the mouth. Muscles that move the palate are reconnected, and the palate must be made long enough to guarantee it functions properly. This surgery often takes place when the child is between seven and 18 months of age. If the front portion of the palate is involved, the surgery may be delayed until the child is between the ages of eight and 12, as this is when the cuspid teeth are developing.
Impacted canines are very common. In fact, the canines are the teeth most likely to become impacted after the wisdom teeth. However, steps must be taken to correct this problem to ensure the mouth is able to develop properly. For this reason, many parents find their child needs to undergo a surgical procedure and wish to know more about what this involves.
Canine teeth can develop in the wrong position or may not erupt and become impacted. It may be the teeth aren’t properly sized or shaped, it could be the child lost baby teeth at an early age, or it simply may be the problem arose with no underlying cause. The dentist will work with an oral surgeon to determine what steps need to be taken at this time. The tooth may be removed and discarded if it is leading to problems with the adjacent teeth or cannot be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Surgeons could also opt to expose the tooth to allow it to be corrected with orthodontics, a wait-and-see approach may be used to determine if the problem will correct itself or transplant the tooth. Be sure to address all options with the specialist to determine which is right for the child.
When a problem is detected, doctors and dentists often refer a patient to an Idaho oral surgery center. Don’t hesitate to do additional research. Children have special needs, and the surgeon must take this into account. Choose the right surgeon for the best possible outcome.