Cleft lip and palate are among the most common congenital malformations. On average, there is one cleft formation per 500 children born. The continuous cleft lip and palate is the most common with about 50 %. Isolated cleft palate is found in about 30% of cases and cleft lip and palate in about 20% of cases.
As a result of this congenital malformation, the children suffer from a disturbance of breathing, nutrition, speech, hearing, tooth position and eruption and ultimately also from a considerable impairment of their external appearance.
The goal of successful treatment must be the complete rehabilitation of the patient.