Cleft Lip & Palate - Fredericksburg, VA

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Improve Your Child’s Appearance and Function

If your gums bleed easily when you brush and floss, you’re experiencing one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. A progressive condition, gum disease is characterized by infection of the gum tissues. When plaque, the sticky film found on your teeth after eating and drinking, is left to harden into tartar, it releases bacteria that irritate the gums. The resulting infection and inflammation are what causes your gums to bleed easily and appear red and swollen.

Over time, your gums will recede and pull away from your teeth, creating more space for bacteria and tartar to collect. If you have bleeding gums in Fredericksburg, VA reach out to our experienced team at Greater Washington Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we can help. It’s critical to your oral health and physical wellbeing that you seek treatment at the first sign of swollen, bleeding gums, especially if you’re also experiencing bad breath, receding gums, and loose or sensitive teeth.

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Why Treat Cleft Lip and Palate?

Cleft lip refers to a split in the lip that can either be a small “notch” or extend further through the gumline and palate (roof of the mouth). Cleft palate is when this split is only in the roof of the mouth and does not affect facial appearance. Treating cleft lip and/or cleft palate can eliminate the following problems:

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Understanding Your Child’s Surgery

Cleft lip or cleft palate repair is a minor surgery that is highly successful. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, our doctor has both dental and medical training, and in addition to expertise in this type of surgery, can properly address any emergencies that may arise. Your child will need sedation or anesthesia during surgery, which we are trained and licensed to provide in office. During the surgery, we will gently close the lip split(s), repositioning the tissues into a more natural and aesthetic position. For palate repair, the tissues and muscles in the mouth are used to reposition and rebuild the natural roof of the mouth. When the incisions are sutured in place, the surgery will be over! We’ll provide all the necessary instructions to prepare your child for surgery and how to care for them during recovery. If at any time you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our Fredericksburg, VA office!

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Benefiting from Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Correct cleft lip and palate with life-changing surgery.

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