Oral Rehabilitation of a Patient With Complete Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Using an Implant-Retained Speech-Aid Prosthesis: Clinical Report


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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 implantretained obturator with a speech bulb was fabricated.Results and Conclusion:Improvement in mastication, speech, and velopharyngeal function was achieved with a satisfactory esthetic result.

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