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Cleft Palate FAQ Ask The Prosthodontist Chris McFarland Question:
Bone graft - implant for cleft palate: My son who has a cleft lip and cleft palate had his first bone graft when he was 7 years old.

His doctors want to do a second bone graft for orthodontic purposes now that he is 13 years old.

However, they told us that this second bone graft may not be enough since 5-7 years from now by the time he needs the implant his face and bone will continue to grow.

Should I hold the bone graft procedure until he is 20 years old? What is the best thing for us to do? ... Visitor from CA

Grafting is one of those areas were so many factors come into play that I would agree you need to be considering the possiblility that multiple procedures will be required.

You are however in a great area with many wonderfully trained specialists who can assist in making things go as smoothly as possible.

I am a prosthodontist dealing with reconstruction of these cases, and I can tell you that you want the graft to be right before you start. You don't want to end up re-engineering the final case to suit what the grafting dictates.

You are much better off to get every step exactly as needed, then move on.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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