Conventional prosthodontic management of partial edentulism with a resilient attachment-retained overdenture in a patient with a cleft lip and palate: A clinical report.

The Journal of prosthetic dentistry

PubMedID: 24529657

Acharya V, Brecht LE. Conventional prosthodontic management of partial edentulism with a resilient attachment-retained overdenture in a patient with a cleft lip and palate: A clinical report. J Prosthet Dent. 2014;.
Recent advances in surgery and orthodontics have resulted in improvements in the management of patients with a cleft lip or palate. Early surgical intervention and bone-grafting procedures have frequently been used to ensure closure of the cleft and continuity of the alveolar bone. However, a need for the prosthodontic management of patients with a cleft palate still exists. Most frequently, the indication is to restore the edentulous spaces located anteriorly in the vicinity of the residual cleft defect. In addition to improving the esthetic outcome, prosthodontic management also is required to restore function, especially occlusion and speech. This clinical report illustrates the management of an adult patient with a unilateral cleft of the lip and palate who required prosthodontic rehabilitation after surgery. The patient had previously undergone multiple surgeries and did not want to consider implant therapy as a treatment option. Thus, the patient was managed with fixed and removable prosthodontics with a maxillary overdenture prosthesis retained by microextracoronal resilient attachments, which were laser welded onto crowns on abutment teeth to obtain a functionally and esthetically acceptable result.