Dr. Jonathan Williams of White Mountain Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with many years of training and experience in pediatric oral surgery for young children and infants with cleft lip and palate. The palate is another word for the roof of the mouth — the area of tissue that separates the mouth from the nasal cavities. When there is a cleft or opening in the palate, food and liquid can easily pass into the nose, which makes normal eating and drinking extremely challenging. Cleft lip and palate can also make normal breathing difficult. When a child is born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, or both, they often develop feeding issues, and dental and speech problems. Recurrent ear infections and other chronic problems may also occur. Early surgical treatment for children with these conditions is very important to ensure that they benefit from their newly gained functionality as they reach important developmental stages — oral surgery specialists are trained to carefully factor in a child’s development for their very best long-term functionality and facial aesthetics. At our practice, we perform many effective treatments for cleft lip and palate that offer beautiful and functional results for our young patients — and the procedures are always performed with the child’s comfort and well-being in mind.
Your child’s treatment for cleft lip and/or cleft palate will span several years and will ideally begin during your child’s first year. It takes a team of skillful specialists to complete the treatment, with oral surgeons a key part of this team. The details of your child’s treatment will depend on their specific condition and will be discussed in detail during your consultation appointment with Dr. Williams. Our gentle and compassionate team has many years of experience treating cleft lips and palates and has specialty training in the administration of safe and effective anesthesia and surgical monitoring of pediatric patients. When your child receives treatment at our practice, you can be confident that they will be treated like family and given the highest quality of care every step of the way.
We find that it helps our patients and their families feel more at ease about their treatment when they hear stories from other patients from our practice. We encourage you to check out the videos on our Patient Stories page.
Surgical treatments for cleft lip and cleft palate in North Conway and Littleton, NH
Most children with cleft lip and/or palate will go on to enjoy normal speech, eating, and breathing after undergoing treatment. Dr. Williams is available to meet with you for a consultation to discuss the treatment options for your child and answer any questions you may have about cleft lip and cleft palate treatment at our practice. Thank you for trusting us to care for you and your family.