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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 64-67

A single-visit feeding plate for a 14-day-old neonate with cleft palate

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Adhiparasakthi Dental College and Hospital, Melmaruvathur, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Rajah Muthiah Dental College and Hospital, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijmd.ijmd_41_18

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Cleft palate is the most common congenital maxillofacial defect, compared to clefts of other facial structures. A feeding plate is a prosthetic aid designed to obturate the cleft so that the infant can generate negative pressure within the oral cavity, which is necessary for sucking. A 14-day-old infant, with no contributory medical and family history, was referred to the department of prosthodontics. The mother reported that the infant was not able to suckle milk properly even with the use of typical cleft nipples or squeezable bottles. The final impression was made with very high-viscosity condensation silicone rubber base impression material. The secondary impression was poured with dental stone to obtain a master cast, blocking out the undercuts with pink wax, and then, the plate was fabricated using self-cured acrylic resin. The feeding plate was checked in the dental clinic, and the patient's mother was asked to feed the baby. Instructions were provided on how to use, clean, function, and maintain the feeding appliance. The feeding plate was delivered on the same day considering high anxiety of the mother regarding the diminished weight of her infant relative to his age.

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