Intraoral Digital Impression for Speech Aid/Obturator in Children: Report of 2 Cases

Amara C Abreu-Serrano, Maria H Lima, Eric hatten, Laura Klein, Daniel Levy Bercowski

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Abstract

Cleft patients may develop an abnormal opening (fistula) between the oral and the nasal cavities. Surgical repair minimizes the adverse effect on speech and feeding. However, an obturator prosthesis is a nonsurgical approach to help close the communication. The purpose of the case report presented is to show the clinical use of an intraoral digital impression in the fabrication of obturator/speech aid appliances in children with cleft lip and palate deformity. Minimal adjustments were needed, and patients and caregivers responded positively. Prostheses demonstrated good stability and retention at delivery. The use of digital technology seems to have several benefits as an alternative method for capturing impressions, especially in young children with cleft lip and palate deformity.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - Mar 25 2021

Keywords

  • craniofacial growth; dental health; feeding; language development; palatal development; pediatrics; prosthetics

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