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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-11

Early prosthetic rehabilitation in newborns with orofacial cleft using a feeding appliance: A case report and review of literature


Department of Dentistry, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Anupriya Sharma
Department of Dentistry, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Tanda, Himachal Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jiadsr.jiadsr_16_16

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A multidisciplinary approach is required for the successful management and rehabilitation of the infants born with orofacial cleft as there is difficulty in normal feeding, speech, hearing, and they also acquire recurrent nasopharyngeal and middle ear infections. Feeding is a major concern after birth in these infants and should be immediately addressed. Feeding appliance is a favorable feeding option in these infants as it creates a separation between oral and nasal cavities and thus helps in creating a negative intraoral pressure during suckling. This article presents a case report of infant with bilateral complete cleft lip and palate for whom feeding appliance was used as an immediate prosthetic rehabilitation method to resolve the feeding difficulties, along with reviews on the use of feeding appliance in infants born with orofacial cleft.


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