Nasoalveolar Molding Treatment

Also known as: NAM treatment.

What is nasoalveolar molding treatment?

When a child is born with a cleft lip and palate, nasoalveolar molding treatment is a possible solution. This involves using a molding to help reshape these parts of the face prior to surgery. It may increase the likelihood of a successful surgery or reduce the number of procedures that your child needs.

What happens during the procedure?

The molding plate is created with the assistance of an orthodontist or trained dental specialist. It is similar to a retained and worn 24 hours a day. Follow-up appointments are made every one or two weeks to check progress and make small changes to the shape and fit of the retainer. The total time that the baby will need to wear the molding can vary.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this treatment.

What are the risk factors?

Nasoalveolar molding treatment is a low-risk procedure. The baby may experience some discomfort at first but usually gets used to the molding fairly quickly.

Reviewed by: Chad A Perlyn, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/9/2018 5:21:13 PM

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