Romanian Journal of Medical and Dental Education Volum 8 Issue 11, 2019 THE PALATAL PLATE – A SIMPLE METHOD FOR POSTOPERATIVE DEFECTS

THE PALATAL PLATE – A SIMPLE METHOD FOR POSTOPERATIVE DEFECTS

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Mihai Liviu Ciofu, Florin Petre Sava, Andrada Doscaș, Drochioi Ilie Cristian, Otilia Boișteanu, Victor Vlad Costan

ABSTRACT

We want to introduce our experience and the utility of using a palatal plate in the therapeutic management of postoperative defects of the hard palate and soft palate, no matter their size and depth. Additionally, we aim to underline the importance of using the palatal plate postoperatively in order to guide healing, restore the functionality, improve the ability to communicate, to eat and to increase the social life of the patients. In our retrospective study we included 38 patients, over the course of 10 years. The included patients had surgical procedures for different disorders, but in all cases, a palatal plate was used after surgery, to cover the postoperative defects. The technique of obtaining the palatal plate, as well as the outcomes regarding function restoration were all documented and discussed.

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