Patient Care

Let There Be Life Without LimitsCraniofacial Team

Evelyn Moreno is one of more than 10,000 children born every year in the U.S. with a complex craniofacial malformation. Specifically, she suffers from cleft lip and palate and has endured numerous surgical procedures to treat this condition. The UCLA Craniofacial Team, made up of dentists and clinicians from UCLA School of Dentistry and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, has made significant strides in helping Evelyn achieve a better aligned jaw and consequently an improved quality of life.

Evelyn is now in the recovery stages of her initial phase of treatment and in the coming years she will undergo further surgery to continue to align her jaw, as well as for esthetic restoration of missing or damaged teeth. Due to the expert care that she has already received at the UCLA Dental Clinics however, Evelyn’s cleft lip and palate are now hardly noticeable and her condition barely crosses her mind. 

“I really appreciate what my doctors have done for me over the years,” said Evelyn. “They are really good at what they do. I am happy that they are here for me.”

In response to the urgent need for quality, comprehensive care for patients like Evelyn, the School of Dentistry has established the Center for Craniofacial Reconstruction Research and Special Patient Care. The Center specializes in the treatment of craniofacial anomalies, including cleft lip and palate, as well as surgical orthodontic treatment of dentofacial deformities, such as jaw deficiency and protrusion and severe facial asymmetry. The Center implements a multidisciplinary approach to care by combining medical, dental, and social experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of such craniofacial deformities in children and adolescents. 

Beyond patient care, the Center conducts cutting-edge basic science, translational, and clinical research, with the aim of promoting further advancement in clinical practice and dental education.

JOIN US IN A COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING PATIENTS WHO SUFFER FROM THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL BURDENS OF THEIR CONDITION SO THAT THEY MAY LIVE WITHOUT LIMITS.