International Arab Journal of Dentistry


Orofacial clefts are one of the most frequent congenital oral and maxillofacial abnormalities. When these babies are roughly three months old, lip rebuilding , also known as cheiloplasty, is a critical concern. In several cleft facilities ,To improve the treatment success, Presurgical Nasoalveolar Molding (NAM) has been included in the therapy protocol. In patients with cleft lip and palate, this technique is routinely used to bring the alveolar segments in to normal alignment and improve nasal symmetry.The advantages of utilising this approach as part of a treatment plan for newborns born with cleft lip and palate will be discussed in this article. Presurgical NAM can help to diminish the incidence of the initial cleft deformity by gradually shifting the bone segments in to a more favourable position, lowering the amount of surgical correction needed to join the lip segments and simplifying the nose surgery procedure. Using presurgical NAM, the first sugical repair of the lip and nose is performed with minimal effort which reduces scar formation and improves cosmetic results. This method also removes the need for repeated surgical procedure to get the deired cosmetic results.