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Shaik N, Eggula A, Pudi S, Yemineni BC, Jagati S, Cheduravally TR. Presurgical Orthopedic Nasoalveolar Molding in Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate: Case Report. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2023; 16 (4):659-662.
Aim and objective: The present clinical report describes management of complete unilateral cleft lip and palate with presurgical nasoalveolar molding (NAM) therapy for infants.
Background: Orofacial clefts have a negative impact on the health and social integration of individuals affected. Patients undergo numerous procedures until they reach adolescence. The ultimate focus of surgical intervention is to improve the esthetic appearance of the lip and nose by improving the lip scar, nasal tip projection, and symmetry of the nasolabial complex.
Case description: This paper discusses a situation in which the parents of a three days old baby with the chief complaint of regurgitation of milk while feeding. On examination, baby had complete left-sided cleft lip and cleft palate (CL+CP).
Conclusion: Before surgery, nasoalveolar molding has been shown to be a useful adjunctive therapy for reducing hard and soft tissue cleft deformity.
Clinical significance: Passive preoperative intervention of the lip and alveolar segments helps to reduce tissue tension and is thought to improve surgical outcomes by minimizing wound healing disturbances and scarring.
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