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Postsurgical use of prosthetic palatal appliances. Two case reports

  • Ioli-Ioanna Artopoulou1
  • Stephen Higuera2
  • Jack W. Martin1
  • Samuel Stal3
  • Mark S. Chambers1,*,

1Section of Oncologic Dentistry and Prosthodontics, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

2Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

3Craniofacial and Cleft Lip and Palate Program,Texas Children’s Hospital

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.30.2.f7404526285p3355 Vol.30,Issue 2,March 2006 pp.105-108

Published: 01 March 2006

*Corresponding Author(s): Mark S. Chambers E-mail:


Patients with cleft lip or palate encounter a myriad of difficulties in their early years of life, some of which begin at birth. The defect often impairs suckling and deglutition in the neonate. It can hinder appropriate speech development and may impose undue social and psychological stresses. Surgical and orthodontic interventions are essential and prosthetic palatal appliances play an important role not only throughout the patient’s treatment course, but also in the treatment of unfavorable surgical sequelae.

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Ioli-Ioanna Artopoulou,Stephen Higuera,Jack W. Martin,Samuel Stal,Mark S. Chambers. Postsurgical use of prosthetic palatal appliances. Two case reports. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2006. 30(2);105-108.


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