Oral and maxillofacial surgeons serve as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team for the treatment of individuals born with a cleft lip/palate or other congenital conditions with associated craniofacial anomalies.

With their advanced specialty training, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to treat these complex cases and to perform a wide range of procedures to optimize oral function and facial appearance. In many situations, multiple procedures provided over an extended period of time are required to accommodate a child's growth and development. By formulating a carefully planned sequence of care that is integrated with the procedures performed by other members of the patient’s team, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon can provide children, teens, and adults with the corrections required to enhance oral health and function as well as improve facial aesthetics.

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