Surgical reconstruction versus prosthetic obturation of extensive soft palate defects: a comparison of speech outcomes.

@article{Rieger2009SurgicalRV,
  title={Surgical reconstruction versus prosthetic obturation of extensive soft palate defects: a comparison of speech outcomes.},
  author={Jana Rieger and George Bohle and Joseph M. Huryn and Judith A Lam Tang and Jeffrey Harris and Hadi R Seikaly},
  journal={The International journal of prosthodontics},
  year={2009},
  volume={22 6},
  pages={
          566-72
        }
}
PURPOSE The restoration of speech after an extensive resection of the soft palate has been a challenge faced by both prosthodontists and surgeons. Few comparisons between prosthetic rehabilitations and surgical reconstructions of large soft palate defects exist in equally matched groups of patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate speech outcomes in patients with soft palate defects that were rehabilitated with either a pharyngeal obturator or surgical reconstruction. MATERIALS AND… CONTINUE READING

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