Choosing the Best Time for Palatal Surgery

  • Samuel Berkowitz
  • Samuel Berkowitz
  • Samuel Berkowitz


Diagnosis and surgical treatment planning in both medicine and dentistry are most frequently dependent on the patient’s age and nature and extent of the tissue’s defect. In cleft lip and palate, the timing for surgically closing a cleft palate has been traditionally based solely on the age of the patient and the onset of speech (usually between 6 and 8 months) irrespective of the physical assets and defects of the affected tissue and not on the relative size of the palatal cleft defect to that of the surrounding palatal tissue.


Palatal Cleft Alveolar Ridge Cleave Palate Unilateral Case Palatal Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Berkowitz
    • 1
  • Samuel Berkowitz
    • 2
  • Samuel Berkowitz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of OrthodonticsCollege of Dentistry, University of IllinoisChicagoUSA
  2. 2.South Florida Cleft Palate ClinicUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Craniofacial Anomalies ProgramMiami Children’s HospitalMiamiUSA

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