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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-43

A novel method of obtaining impression from three-dimensionally printed skull and incorporating medical grade silicone elastomer in fabricating silicone palatal feeding obturators for cleft lip and palate cases

1 Maxillofacial Prosthetics, Prosthodontic Unit, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
2 Paediatric Unit, School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
3 Department of Orthodontic, College of Dentistry, Aljouf University, Sakaka, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nafij Bin Jamayet
School of Dental Sciences, Health Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kota Bharu 16150, Kelantan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_182_17

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This report aims to depict a novel method in impression taking and feeding obturator fabrication for cleft lip and palate patients, utilizing three-dimensionally printed base of the skull from presurgical computerized tomography scan data. This technique uses soft and biocompatible medical grade room temperature vulcanizing silicone elastomer as the material of choice for fabrication procedure and reviews a representative patient case of a 10-month-old female child with bilateral cleft lip and palate deformity. Before final insertion, a strap was attached to the obturator as a safety precaution in case of accidental swallowing. The use of this unique technique satisfies all benefits of conventional feeding obturator with the added benefits of reducing most of its discomfort and difficulties of direct impression taking from the infant and fabricating process.

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