TREATMENT OF CLEFT LIP AND CLEFT PALATE
The congenital deformities of cleft lip and palate have been known to afflict man since prehistoric time.
It will be seen that oral clefts involve complex long-range treatment and appear with sufficient frequency to constitute a public health problem. Some form of cleft lip and cleft palate occurs in one out of every 800 live births with lack of complete knowledge The psychological and socioeconomic handicap of oral clefts may be severe. Facial deformity with cleft lip involves the structures of the lip and the nose. These phenomena lack explanation, and the underlying cause of the deformity is incompletely understood. The failure of union of the parts that normally form the lip and palate occurs early in fetal life treatment is surgery.