March 13, 2013
Cleft Palate? See A Prosthodontist!
A cleft palate presents itself in a number of different ways.
Mindy had a cleft palate, with no bone and no tooth in her upper left lateral incisor location. The adjacent teeth had shifted towards the defect, even after orthodontic therapy. Without bone for an implant, and knowing that surgical reconstruction of the defect with a bone graft wasn't a sure thing, she chose to have a fixed bridge to replace the missing tooth and straighten her front teeth. You can see how it worked out.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.,
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com
5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309