As you know by now, because your overall health and safety is our utmost priority, we are closely following every safety and infection control procedure recommended by the ADA and CDC. However, going way beyond these recommendations, in July we installed 2 Jade Surgically Clean Air Filtration Systems. Our office size would require only one Jade unit to kill viruses and bacteria 6 times an hour, but we are so committed to you that we have installed 2 units, one in front of each dental chair. You can be assured that our air is always the safest because we leave the systems on 24/7.

The Jade is patented and industry-leading and is the only air purification system that incorporates 6 different technologies which include, Hydroxl, UV and electronic cell catalytics, and Hepa-RX. The Jade is measured and peer-reviewed to eliminate viruses less than 0.1 microns (the corona virus is measured at .125 microns) and is tested globally with over 70,000 units installed worldwide.

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What is an Obturator?

An obturator is part of a tracheostomy tube, which has three types and different parts; the outer cannula with neck plate, inner cannula and obturator, which is used to insert a tracheostomy tube. The obturator fits inside the tube and provides a smooth surface for the tracheostomy to go through.

A maxillectomy/ palatectomy prosthesis or “obturator” restores the surgical defect and aids in the function of speaking, chewing, or swallowing. It fills the void left by the surgery and artificially replaces lost tissues and teeth, according to the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics.

It is also used as a replacement prosthetic device used to replace upper teeth and other structures associated. It is specifically used for those teeth, palates and gingiva, that have been damaged as a result of surgery, trauma, and other high impact damage involved. However, the obturator is only used for the upper and not the lower or anything surrounding the lower teeth.

There are also the palatal obturators, which are short-term prosthetics used to close defects of the palate that affects speech. It is also used for speech therapy, eating, and proper air flow. The palatal obturator is also used when there is tissue loss, and can be downsized for strengthening of the tissue to occur. They are needed when individuals have cleft palates.

Types of Palatal Obturators

• Palatal plate, used to improve speech and feeding. Always clean a palatal obturator twice a day to prevent buildup and bacteria.
• Modification obturator is used for blocking, sealing and separation of oral and nasal cavities.
• An interim palatal obturator is used after palatal surgery, and is only used when no other surgeries take place.
• A definitive obturator is used when there is no longer rehabilitation for the person and needs long-term use.
• The Nance Obturator is used for surgical closing when another device is not proved useful or helpful.

How a Palatal Obturator is Good for Speech

This obturator can help improve and recover speech. It can used temporarily or for long periods of time. They have been known to improve sound and speech errors, along with nasal issues. Speech therapy may be needed in addition to a long-term palatal obturation.

Despite being a very technical item, it is easy to understand what it is commonly used for and to know its many uses. Obviously, the obturator has a variety of beneficial additives from replacing upper teeth, help with speech and sound, including issues with cleft palates.

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Dr. Michael Cortese is a leading and highly sought-after Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. He one of only 350 accredited Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. Having completed his education at the University of Notre Dame and Farleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, he received his Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology from the University of Texas Health Science Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He has over three and a half decades of experience and constantly focuses on ensuring that patients have a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Cortese takes pride in providing his patients with customized treatments using modern equipment and techniques. He sincerely believes in thoroughly understanding your concerns and requirements to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the course of any treatment or procedure.