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Feeding Plate Using Digital Intraoral Impression for Cleft Care in an Infant: A Case Report

Manikya K Nanduri, Gaurav Gupta, Sandeep K Valasingam, Parth Shah

Keywords : Case report, Cleft palate, Digital workflow, Feeding appliance, Impression-making, Obturator

Citation Information : Nanduri MK, Gupta G, Valasingam SK, Shah P. Feeding Plate Using Digital Intraoral Impression for Cleft Care in an Infant: A Case Report. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2023; 6 (2):82-85.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10077-3272

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 29-08-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Auhtor(s).


Orofacial clefts are the most frequent craniofacial abnormalities found in humans. A neonate with orofacial cleft which is developed due to incomplete fusion of facial as well as palatal structures might experience difficulties while feeding. The present case aims to depict digital impression-taking for the fabrication of a feeding obturator for a 7-day-old infant who was reported with a unilateral cleft. Treatment was given when the infant turned 3-weeks-old after parents’ compliance. The case highlights the importance of digital intraoral impression protocol in a newborn patient because of its accuracy, minimal invasiveness, and good clinical acceptability. The digital workflow could escalate the fabrication procedure of the feeding plate with a quick transfer of the digitally taken impression to the laboratory, maintaining the precision level thereby minimizing the invasiveness of impression taking and escaping the possibility of material aspiration. Digital impression satisfies the benefits of conventional feeding obturator/appliance reducing the discomfort and difficulties of the direct impression-taking and fabricating process.

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