Normal and Cleft Palate

Normal palate
Examples of cleft palate

Normal palate

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 throat.

Examples of cleft palate

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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Current as ofDecember 12, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam D. Schaffner, MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology

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