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Some children born with a cleft lip and palate may have a gap in the gum. This gap is called an alveolar gap and may extend from near the teeth all the way up to the nose. During an ABG, a Plastic Surgeon will fill the alveolar cleft with spongy bone from the hip. The gum is carefully stitched over the bone graft to let it heal.
Why might an ABG be required?
One of the functions of the alveolus and gum is to hold teeth in the right place. If there is a gap in the alveolus, the teeth may grow in the wrong position which may be more difficult to treat when older.
The ABG will provide:
When will the ABG be done?
The best time for the ABG will be decided by a Plastic Surgeon and an Orthodontist (a Dentist who corrects the position of a person’s teeth and jaw).
For more information on post-surgery care, download our ABG information booklet -
Caring for my Alveolar Bone Graft (English /
After the ABG, wounds in the mouth may make it difficult to eat. A balanced, soft diet is recommended for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery to minimise chewing and ensure adequate nutrition so the wound can heal well.
For more information on post-surgery diet, download our ABG information booklet -
Caring for my Alveolar Bone Graft
The video below shows how to prepare a balanced, soft diet meal after an ABG.
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Sample Recipes of dishes featured in the video.