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The roof of the mouth is known as the palate. The hard palate is in
the front, closer to the teeth. The soft palate is in the back, toward the
In cleft palate, the roof of the mouth (palate) has an opening
(cleft) that may go through to the nasal cavity. This birth defect is corrected
with one or more surgeries.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerAdam David Schaffner, MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam David Schaffner, MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
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