Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are the most common birth defects in the United States. It is estimated that one of every 600 newborns is affected by cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

A cleft lip is a separation of the two sides of the lip. When the separation includes the bones of the upper jaw and/or upper gum, our team may be brought in for assistance.

A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth in which the two sides of the palate did not fuse as the baby was developing in the uterus. Cleft palate can occur on one side (unilateral cleft palate) or on both sides (bilateral cleft palate). Because the lip and the palate develop separately, it is possible for the child to have a cleft palate with or without an accompanying cleft lip.

Cleft palate is a congenital defect, or birth defect, which occurs early in pregnancy. The causes of a majority of cleft palates appear to be a combination of genetics and environmental factors.

The surgery to close a cleft palate is usually completed within the first year of life so that the child’s speech normally develops. Our office will coordinate treatment with the oral or plastic surgeon and with the speech pathologist for treatment.

Our practice creates the prosthetic device used to temporarily close the palate so the baby can feed and grow until surgery. We may also make a dental bridge to replace missing teeth or create special appliances called “speech bulbs” or “palatal lifts” to help close the nose from the mouth enabling speech to sound more normal.

Pleasanton Prosthodontics

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I would say if you fear going to the dentist they might change your. I would gladly recommend them to family and friends.

- Anonymous

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Nice office, Dr Chao is very gentle and explains everything before each procedure, All the staff is very friendly and helpful.

- Steve F

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I am very pleased with the results of my Prosthidontic treatments. Dr. Chao and her team was a pleasure to deal with!

- Alex V

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Wonderful care!!! ️️️️️

- Susan R

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I highly recommend Dr. Chao professional and expert care from crowns to implants (for my daughter). She does beautiful work, and I couldn’t tell which tooth was the implant when all was done.

- Kimberly C

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I recently had the pleasure of undergoing a full mouth reconstruction with zirconia crowns at Pleasanton Prosthodontics’ office, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results! After years of feeling self-conscious about my smile, I finally have the confidence to show it off, thanks to the incredible work of Dr. Nguyen. From the initial consultation to the final fitting, the care and attention to detail provided by Dr. Nguyen and their team were exceptional. They took the time to explain every step of the process and made sure I was comfortable and informed throughout. The professionalism and expertise displayed by the entire staff made me feel at ease, even during the most extensive procedures. The quality of the zirconia crowns is outstanding, and the transformation is truly remarkable. Not only do they look incredibly natural, but the fit is perfect, allowing me to eat and speak comfortably without any issues. It’s a game changer to finally enjoy meals and conversations without any discomfort. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Nguyen for restoring not just my smile but my confidence as well. I highly recommend their services to anyone considering a full mouth reconstruction. Their meticulous work and the stunning outcome have made a significant impact on my life, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you, Dr. Nguyen, for giving me a reason to smile with pride!

- Eugene S

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Everyone at this office, from staff to Dr. Chao, is so sweet, kind, helpful, professional and top notch at what they do!

- Gilbert L

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I have had a very positive experience in every encounter with Dr. Chao. Not only does she strive to deliver excellent prosthodontic work, she also treats me with compassion, courtesy, and respect as a patient at every visit. Well done, Dr. Chao!

- Andrea B

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Dr Maggie Chao has extensive experience in dental works. She listens to your concerns and will help to solve and take care of your needs. I would highly recommend Dr Maggie Chao who needs advanced dentistry.

- Isabella C

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It is worth driving from Castro Valley. I’m so impressed,everyone gets along and I feel a part of a family.

- Colleen Pearl

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Great service,great staff , I would definitely recommend to family and friends.

- Jorge G

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Amazing group of processionals. Dr. Olivia Nguyen explained my procedure thoroughly. She restored my smile back! Thank you Dr. N!!

- Eloisa N

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My son got his teeth bonding completed by Dr. Maggie Chao who did a fantatic job. His teeth turn out great and our overall experience was painless.

- Isaiah W

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I had the All in 4 surgery and it was the best surgery experience that I have ever encountered. Dr. Chao was so professional but also very concerned for my well being. I NEVER had ANY pain after surgery. I ended up throwing the pain pills away as I never needed them. The process was long but through it all I could hear the doctors talking to me and assuring me that everything was going well. When I woke up and the surgery was complete, the staff was really attentive and gave me instructions to follow at home. I received the normal call to see if I was okay the next day. The experience I have to say was so very positive, the best thing I did was to choose Dr Maggie Chao and she referred me to Dr Ali Alijanian for my extractions. The was the first time my experience of dental surgery was so positive and with a brilliant outcome. I am truly happy with the All in 4 and so happy with Pleasanton Prosthodontics. I would highly recommend this office.

- Tina J

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Dr. Nguyen and the staff at Pleasanton Prosthodontics have been immensely professional and attentive. I am so happy with my crown (on a front tooth, no less) and new mouthguard. It looks and feels great, and I can finally bite into my food again. Thank you!

- Nathan L

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My wife received a permanent implant procedure at Pleasanton Prosthodontics. The attention to detail and professionalism displayed by Dr. Olivia Nguyen and her Clinical Assistant, Yolanda, surpassed our expectations and left a lasting impression. From the moment we walked through the door, the staff at Pleasanton Prosthodontics ensured that Gina felt welcomed and comfortable. Dr. Nguyen's expertise and dedication were evident throughout the entire process. She took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure, addressing all of Gina's concerns and ensuring she felt confident moving forward. Yolanda, Dr. Nguyen's Clinical Assistant, played a crucial role in making Gina's experience as smooth as possible. Her warmth, compassion, and efficiency were truly remarkable. What truly sets Pleasanton Prosthodontics apart is their commitment to providing personalized care. Dr. Nguyen and her team tailored the treatment plan to suit Gina's specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcome. Their attention to detail and dedication to excellence were evident every step of the way. Thanks to the exceptional care provided by Dr. Nguyen and Yolanda, Gina's permanent implant procedure was a success.

- RODRIGO A

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Very competent

- Carole C

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Always a pleasure. Never feel rushed and they are genuinely interested in taking the time to make sure they are doing the best care for you possible.

- John W

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I was very pleased and satisfied with this visit. Wonderful!

- Anne A

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Very tough crown/abutment failure but it was handled extremely well and saved the implant!!!

- Ronald M

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