Rehabilitation of an Edentulous Cleft Lip and Palate Patient With a Soft Palate Defect Using a Bar-Retained, Implant-Supported Speech-Aid Prosthesis: A Clinical Report

TUNA S. H. , PEKKAN G., Buyukgural B.

CLEFT PALATE-CRANIOFACIAL JOURNAL, vol.46, no.1, pp.97-102, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1597/07-216.1
  • Page Numbers: pp.97-102


Prosthetic rehabilitation of an edentulous cleft lip and palate patient with a combined hard and soft palate defect is a great challenge, due to the lack of retention of the obturator prosthesis as a result of its weight and the inability to obtain a border seal. Dental implants improve the retention, stability, and occlusal function of prostheses when used in carefully selected cleft lip and palate cases. This clinical report presents an edentulous unilateral cleft lip and palate patient who has hard and soft palate defects and an atrophied maxilla, treated with an implant-supported speech-aid prosthesis.