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Obturator for Cleft Palate A Case Report

Nalam Sai Gautam, M Sridhar.

Journal Title:Advances in Human Biology

Background: Cleft lip and palate is associated constellation of problems that need to be solved for successful habilitation. Neonates with a cleft palate have difficulty in eating which may lead to failure to thrive. One of the immediate problems to be addressed in newborn is difficulty in feeding. Obturators are fabricated to overcome such problems in infants. The obturator prevents the tongue from entering the defect and interfering with the spontaneous growth of palatal shelves towards the midline. It also helps to position the tongue in correct position to perform its functional role in the development of jaws and contributes to speech development. A case of 1month old infant with cleft palate for whom obturator was made is presented here.