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Understanding How a Palate Defect Can Alter Your Mouth
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Understanding How a Palate Defect Can Alter Your MouthDental issues that manifest themselves in a visual manner are twice as difficult to deal with as the ones which are only noticeable internally. While all oral health issues are critical to your overall general wellness, those which present an outward appearance can affect every other facet of our lives, especially our social activities. In regards to how a palate defect changes your mouth, there really are a number of different possibilities, depending on the severity of the condition. For adults who weren't treated for it as children, the effects can be disastrous and lifelong. Here are just a couple of specifics:

In Speech


Because palate defects can vary so greatly in size and shape, so can the impact which they have on speech. Since the mouth doesn't close properly and the tongue is unable to position itself correctly to make the proper phonetic sounds, the speech of someone who is suffering from this type of condition is usually severely limited and in some extreme cases even indecipherable.

In Functionality


Again, depending on the severity of the palate defect, everything from chewing to breathing could be hindered. When the cleft bone is mispositioned to the point where it is interfering with the location of the nose and function of the sinuses, it becomes much more of an issue than just a dental problem. The appearance of the deformity can be as small as an upwardly curved top lip to multiple teeth growing on the outside of the mouth.

For more information on how this condition can be treated and corrected in adults, all you have to do is take a few moments of your time to contact our office. You can reach us by phone or simply stop by if you prefer. We are happy to assist you whenever you are ready.
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