cleft lip and palate

Cleft Lip and Palate

A congenital condition causing esthetic and functional problems with the patient's face and jaw.


Mass General has a multi-specialty approach to treating cleft lip and cleft palate--a congenital condition where the patient's facial midline does not close completely during embryonic development. This condition may affect only soft tissue (cleft lip) or may involve the harder tissue of the upper jaw and palate (cleft palate). The result may cause a range of issues ranging from the esthetic (appearance) to the functional (digestion, speech).

At MGDG we have an orthodontic specialist with expertise in the management of cleft lip and palate patients. We also have generalists and a prosthodontist who often become involved in the care and follow-up of cleft lip or cleft palate patients. All of our specialists work in concert with Mass General's multi-specialty cleft lip/palate team to provide the most comprehensive and specialized care available.


Conditions & Diseases

  • Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

    Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth abnormalities of the mouth and lip. Cleft palate occurs when the roof of the mouth does not completely close, leaving an opening that can extend into the nasal cavity. left lip is an abnormality in which the lip does not completely form during fetal development.


  • Chefs gather to help Massachusetts General Hospital's mission - 10/4/2016, Mass General

    On Monday, October 3, some of Boston's top chefs gathered in Beacon Hill for the third annual "Chefs for Clefts" fundraising event which raised over $60,000 for Massachusetts General Hospital's Cartagena Surgical Mission to help Colombian children born with cleft lips and congenital deformities.

  • Closing the Genetic Gap in Orofacial Clefts - 1/1/2016, Mass General

    Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children are using animal models to investigate the genetic and cellular triggers of human clefting. Their findings could lead to the development of earlier detection and more effective treatments capable of halting or reversing cleft development.


Contact Us

Mass General Dental Group – Boston

Suite 401165 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-1076
  • Fax: 617-724-6681

Click here for directions to our Boston dental center, which is located about three blocks from the main hospital (adjacent to Whole Foods). Visitors should select '165 Cambridge Street' on the hospital map page.

Mass General Dental Group – Danvers

Endicott Medical Offices
104 Endicott Street
Suite 101
Danvers, MA 01923

Phone: 978-882-6600
Fax: 978-882-6677

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Click here for directions to our Danvers dental center.

If you would like to schedule an appointment at either our Boston or Danvers practice, please call the appropriate number above.

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