Evaluation of the effect of rapid maxillary expansion on the upper airway using nasofibroscopy: case report and description of the technique

Admin Dental Press

Edition V16N01 | Year 2011 | Editorial Article | Pages 81 to 89

Edmilsson Pedro Jorge , Ary Dos Santos-pinto , Luiz Gonzaga Gandini Júnior , Odilon Guariza Filho , Anibal Benedito Batista Arrais Torres De Castro

The aim of the present investigation is to evalute the effect of rapid maxillary expansion on the upper airway. A clinical case is presented to describe how patients with atresic maxilla and reduced naso-respiratory function can have benefits from rapid maxillary expansion. In order to better understand the morphological alterations present in patients with respiratory disorders, it is necessary to understand the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. However, it is relevant to mention that this patient undergoes a multidisciplinary treatment, involving the orthodontist, the otorhinolaryngologist and the speech therapist.

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