Yeditepe University, Dental Faculty, Orthodontic Department, Cleft lip – palate and craniofacial deformity clinic

Principle contact details

Contact name:Assoc. Prof. Dr. Derya Germeç Çakan
Address:Yeditepe Universitesi Dis Hekimligi Fakultesi ve Hastanesi
Bagdat cad. No 238 Goztepe 34728 Istanbul TURKEY
Telephone:00902163636044 - 6425
Web address:Visit website

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Other team members

Surgeon:Dr. Z. Güzel, Dr. Ö. Çelebiler, Dr. H. Ağır, Dr.H.İ. Canter
Speech therapist:Evrim Gerçek
Orthodontist:Dr. D. Germeç Çakan, Dr.R.B.Nur
Clinical geneticist:Dr. Y. Alanay
Otolaryngologist:Dr. I. Koçak
Patient follow up:Surgeons and orthodontists

Annual case load

Cleft palate:19
Pierre Robin:2
Cleft lip (CL) Unilateral (UCL):65
Bilateral (BCL):16
Number of syndromic cases:1 (Klippel Feil syndrome )
2 (Van der Woude syndrome

Primary surgical protocol

Timing of first repair and type of operation.

Complete UCLP:3-4 months- Modified Millard or Millard rotation advancement
Complete BCLP:4-6 months - Mulliken
Isolated CP:Before 12 months – Modified Bardach or V-Y push back with or without buccal mucosal flap (Because surgeons are from different Universities, there are different surgical approaches).

Record collection protocol

What record taking protocol is used:At birth (before presurgical orthopedics-nasoalveolar molding NAM), after NAM (3 to 6 months), after primary surgery (Intraoral and extraoral photos, intraoral and extraoral casts)
At early mixed dentition stage (7-8 years) radiographic, photographic records and dental models are taken.
3DCTs are also taken before alveolar bone grafting or orthognathic surgery. At the end of orthodontic treatment radiographic, photographic records and dental models are obtained.

State coverage of costs

Are the costs of the following treatments covered by the state (free to the patient)?

Surgery costs:All
Orthodontic costs:Part
Speech and language therapy costs:All

Clinical research

Clinical team members who are or would like to be involved in clinical research:

Member details:Derya Germeç Çakan - Orthodontics - Inter-centre comparisons, clinical trials

Burcu Nur - Orthodontics - Inter-centre comparisons, clinical trials

Current research activity and data collection

Willing to share Powerpoint presentations:Yes

Potential laboratory based research activities

Laboratory based research activities interested in being involved in:

Laboratory genetics/genomics research:Yes
Animal models research:Yes

National cleft lip and palate / craniofacial scientific organisation

Organisation details:No., but,we are trying to form cleft lip and palate association in Turkey