Patients with clefts of the lip and/or palate require input from a diverse group of medical, surgical, dental and parasurgical specialties working as part of a multidisciplinary team in the UK. Co-ordinated care ensures that the patient receives optimal treatment whilst minimizing the burden of care for the NHS and family. The primary care dentist has an important role in the overall management of patients with clefts. Because the dentist-patient/parent relationship is of a long-term nature, the primary care dentist can also provide useful support and advice for families as they progress through the care pathway. This three-part article will illustrate the integration of dentistry with the other aspects of care.
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2014|