March 25, 2014

Cleft Palate? See A Prosthodontist!

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 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

1 comment:

  1. It is interesting the way the human body compensates. Even with things that are missing, the body can try and make up for it. I have a friend that had to get extensive surgery on her mouth. I'm pretty sure it was for the same reason as the person in the article.


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