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Minerva Stomatologica 2008 September;57(9):459-66

Copyright © 2008 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Preparation of feeding obturators for newborns with cleft palate: clinical and laboratory procedures

Desiate A. 1, Milano V. 2

1 Division of Orthodontics Department of Dentistry University of Bari, Bari, Italy 2 Unit of Dentistry, Giovanni XXIII Hospital Bari, Italy


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The clinical and laboratory procedures for fabricating a neonatal feeding obturator requiring only a single impression followed by relining of the plate are described. The technique involves the use of a specific custom tray and polysiloxane putty for the impression, autopolymerizing acrylic resin for the plate, and a soft liner for the relining procedure. In over a decade, an obtura­tor plate applied with this technique in 81 newborns with cleft palate has obtained good nutritional and functional results.

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