Craniofacial Disorders - Orofacial Features and Peculiarities in Dental Treatment

Dental Management in Rare Facial Clefts

Author(s): Marcia Ribeiro Gomide, Gisele da Silva Dalben and Lucimara Teixeira das Neves

Pp: 46-56 (11)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681085166117010010

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The rare facial clefts receive this name due to their low prevalence. The most known and used classification was proposed by Tessier and employs a distinct numbering to indicate clefts affecting the soft and hard tissues, taking as reference point the eyelid and the orbit. The oral characteristics of individuals with rare facial clefts are not specific, and in most cases the oral phenotype follows the structures affected by the defect. Due to the complexity of the cleft and the number of affected structures, the surgical and dental rehabilitation is complex and extensive, requiring the participation of a multi- and interdisciplinary team.

Keywords: Dental care, Orofacial cleft, Phenotype, Tooth abnormalities.

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