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Prostheses, Palatal, Obturation

Definition : Palatal prostheses designed to cover, or obturate, a fistula or opening in the roof of mouths in infants with cleft palates. These palatal obturation prostheses aid infants with cleft palates in sucking and breastfeeding activities and to help correct air flow. Palatal obturation prostheses are constructed from a mold of the patient's mouth; they are usually made of plastic or metal. Most palatal obturation prostheses are intended to be used temporarily while waiting for surgery.

Entry Terms : "Obturators, Cleft Palate" , "Palatal Obturators"

UMDC code : 16154

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