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Before and After 2010: Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate – a “Pro-bono” Smile Makeover

A female patient in her early 20s presented with congenitally missing upper lateral incisors, and one canine, a total of 3 teeth seeking a fixed replacement. The patient has a cleft lip and palate bilaterally, which has been treated several times over the years with surgery to repair it. Implants are not possible as there is no bone in the surgical repair sites, and in fact, she still has an oro-nasal communication.   The patient had limited resources to pay for treatment and hoped that the federal Cleft Lip and Palate Scheme would cover the costs, which turned out that only extractions and dentures are eligible for the claim. Thus, the treating clinician – Dr Michael Mandikos and I had decided to treat...

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