Signs & Symptoms Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Cleft Lip and Palate
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of cleft lip and palate may include:

  • Crooked, poorly shaped or missing teeth
  • Misalignment of teeth and jaw
  • Deformities of the upper jaw (maxilla)
  • Speech problems
  • Unrepaired oronasal fistulae, which is a hole between the mouth and nose cavity
  • Alveolar clefts, which are defects in the bone that supports the teeth

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