Effects of cheiloplasty on maxillary dental arch development in infants with unilateral complete cleft lip and palate

Chiung Shing Huang, Wein I. Wang, Eric Jein-Wein Liou, Yu Ray Chen, Philip Kao-Ting Chen, M. Samuel Noordhoff

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Abstract

Objective: To identify and analyze quantitatively the development of the maxillary dental arch before and after cheiloplasty. Design: Prospective, longitudinal study of maxillary dental arch development at age of 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. Setting: All patients were treated at a university hospital craniofacial center. Patients: Twenty-seven infants with nonsyndromic, unilateral complete cleft lip and palate. Intervention: Millard's rotation-advancement cheiloplasty was performed between the ages of 3 and 4 months. Results: The anterior portion of the nonclefted segment (I-G), anterior ridge length of the nonclefted segment (I-C), and anterior ridge length of the clefted segment (L-C′) continuously increased from 1 to 12 months of age. The anterior cleft width (G-L), anterior arch depth (I⊥LCC′), anterior basal angle (∠GC-CC′), and anterior arch curature angle (∠GIC) continuously decreased after the cheiloplasty. Conclusions: Cheiloplasty could mold the anterior portion of the maxillary dental arch palatally by exerting continuous pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-516
Number of pages4
JournalCleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bone bending
  • Cheiloplasty
  • Lip molding
  • Maxillary dental arch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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