The management of Cleft Lip & Palate patients is a challenge due to the inherent complexity & multiplicity of the associated problems. There are cosmetic and dental abnormalities, as well as speech, hearing and facial growth difficulties. All of these combined can lead to psycho-social problems for the individual. A dedicated team of specialists is essential to achieve a functionally optimal & aesthetically acceptable treatment outcome. Dental & Orthodontic treatment forms an important part of the management of such cases & is integral to achieving the 3 main Oral health goals – the patient must look well, eat well & speak well.
It is important that repairs of cleft lip & palate are done at the proper time as far as the child’s growth & development is concerned. This presentation would focus on the critical timing of various treatment procedures involved. Also highlighted would be the important role of the general dentist and how to provide effective orthodontic treatment in such patients with detailed presentation of several treated cases.
Dr. Rakesh Malhotra is a leading Orthodontist and Dental Surgeon of India with over 30 years of clinical experience. He is running an ultra-modern state-of-art dental clinic in Greater Kailash Part I, New Delhi. The clinic is a renowned center in Northern India for general and specialized dental treatment in various clinical disciplines of dentistry.
His wife Dr. Chhaya is also a well known Dentist with specialization in Conservative Dentistry.
Dr Malhotra completed his graduation in 1977 and post-graduation in 1979 from Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, India.
He had a brilliant academic career and was awarded several Gold Medals, Certificates of Honor, Merit Scholarships and Book Prizes for his academic excellence.
Before shifting into full time clinical practice he was on the teaching staff at King George’s Medical College, Lucknow and after that at P.G.I., Chandigarh. He was actively involved in post-graduate teaching & research programs.
Despite being in practice Dr. Malhotra till today maintains a strong academic interest.
He has been Clinical Professor, Orthodontics, Subharti Dental College, Meerut where he was actively involved in teaching postgraduate students on an Honorary basis.
He is a regular invitee as Keynote Guest Speaker at national and international conferences and has several publications to his credit in various scientific journals.
In recognition of his contribution to the profession he has been awarded Fellowship of the International College of Dentists U.S.A., the World Federation Of Orthodontics U.S.A. and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, U.S.A.