Oral rehabilitation of a patient with complete unilateral cleft lip and palate using an implant-retained speech-aid prosthesis: Clinical report

Amara Abreu, Daniel Levy, Enrique Rodriguez, Irma Rivera

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Abstract

Objective: To report the oral rehabilitation of velopharyngeal insufficiency due to a congenital anatomic defect using an implant-retained speech-aid prosthesis. Case Report: A 65-year-old man with a diagnosis of complete unilateral cleft lip and palate on the left side with an unrepaired palate was examined. A removable partial denture with a speech bulb had been used for approximately 40 years. After primary care for gross caries and tooth mobility, an implant-retained obturator with a speech bulb was fabricated. Results and Conclusion: Improvement in mastication, speech, and velopharyngeal function was achieved with a satisfactory esthetic result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-677
Number of pages5
JournalCleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

Keywords

  • Osseointegrated implants
  • Speech-aid prosthesis
  • Unrepaired palate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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