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Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock (CHad)
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Treatments and Services

We treat a wide variety of craniofacial conditions, including:

  • Cleft lip and/or palate
  • Cranial anomalies including craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the sutures of the skull), plagiocephaly (misshapen head) and encephalocele (protrusion of the brain)
  • Dental anomalies, including malocclusion, missing teeth, extra teeth, and structural jaw issues
  • Genetic issues involving the head and face
  • Microtia (congenital anomaly of the ear)
  • Other anomalies of the ear, skull, face or jaw
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency (difficulty in speaking due to anatomic dysfunction of the soft palate or the pharynx)

We also care for young patients with craniofacial anomalies that are associated with underlying genetic syndromes, including:

Latest treatments and procedures

  • Cleft lip and nasal surgery, including nasoalveolar molding (NAM), DynaCleft® and Nasal Elevator systems
  • Cleft palate surgery
  • Surgery for velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) and speech disorders
  • Distraction osteogenesis for micrognathia/retrognathia or hemifacial microsomia
  • Orthognathic surgery (jaw reconstruction)
  • Microtia ear reconstruction
  • External auditory canal reconstruction
  • Surgery for craniosynostosis or syndromic craniofacial disorders
  • Helmet therapy for skull shape asymmetry (plagiocephaly)

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CHaD Face of a Child Program Before and After Photo

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