Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Cleft Lip Palate with Andrews Bridge Modified as Obturator Prosthesis: Case Report

Almina Murić 1 , Demet Cagil Ayvalioglu 2  and Bilge Gokcen Rohlig 2
  • 1 White Smile Private Dental Clinic, , Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 2 Departement of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Aydin University, İstanbul, Turkey


Background/Aim: Congenital defects such as cleft palate and lips require a long-lasting and multidisciplinary approach. In cases when surgical and orthodontic treatment is not feasible, prosthodontic management of these patients is advocated. Prosthetic rehabilitation of cleft palate in concerning of achieving aesthetic and function (such as swallowing and speech) outcomes is very demanding.

Case report: Material and method: After performing the necessary surgical procedures and orthodontic treatment, 24-years-old male patient was sent to the Department for Maxillofacial Prosthetics of Istanbul University. Followed the clinical examination, the necessary periodontal and conservative therapy was performed. After radiographic evaluation and dental cast analysis prosthetic rehabilitation was performed. The prosthetic rehabilitation of cleft palate was accomplish with conventional fixed partial denture whose number of included abutment were defined by biomechanical principles. Additionally removable partial denture were manufactured for closing oro-nasal defects and lip supporting.

Conclusions: The prosthetic rehabilitation resulted with functionally and aesthetically content prosthesis. With achieving proper swallowing Quality of Life of the patient was enormously enhanced.

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