2011 Annual Session - Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Management: Where We Have Been? Where We are Going?/ The Role of the Orthodontist in Early Management of the Cleft Deformity, From Birth Through One Year
Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Management: Where We Have Been? Where We are Going?
The orthodontist is one of the "key three" members on the cleft-craniofacial team. Historically, there has been no shortage of controversies in terms of the orthodontic management of the alveolar cleft and surgery protocols for these patients. It typically falls to the orthodontist to measure and document clinical outcomes as we become more aware of the burdens placed on our patients. Finally, an increasingly important role for the team orthodontist is that of "advocate" for legislative, insurance and access to care issues as well as the recruitment of future orthodontists to lead and serve these patients.
Understand the role of the team orthodontist in cleft-craniofacial care
Appreciate the ways we can move beyond "controversy"
Understand the need for advocacy
The Role of the Orthodontist in Early Management of the Cleft Deformity, From Birth Through One Year
From prenatal diagnosis to the birth of an infant with cleft lip, alveolus and palate, parents become intensely motivated to seek the best advice and treatment available for the care of their newborn child. This search for information should lead the parents to an experienced Cleft Palate Team where they will find clinicians who are able to deliver integrated medical, dental, speech and psychosocial care for their infant. The orthodontist plays a critical role on the cleft palate team, particularly in the period from birth through the first year of life. During this period, the orthodontist manipulates the soft and hard tissue deformities associated with cleft lip and palate, reducing their severity and thus enhancing the surgical outcome. The devices that are employed to achieve this reduction in severity of facial deformity will be shown during various stages of treatment. Current literature and controversies regarding pre-surgical infant orthopedics and nasoalveolar molding (NAM) will be reviewed
This lecture will provide the student with the ability to describe the anatomical deformities seen in an infant born with unilateral and bilateral cleft lip and palate
This presentation will enable the student to describe the role of the orthodontist on a multidisciplinary cleft palate team
As a result of attending this lecture, the student will be able to describe the principals of pre-surgical infant orthopedics and nasoalveolar molding (NAM)