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This patient with missing teeth presented to us in 2010, complaining of difficulties with eating. Her dentures were loose and unstable. She had a history of squamous cell carcinoma in the right palate which was surgically excised. This had resulted in a communication between the palate and the nasal cavity and nasal speech tones.
The patient had her existing decayed teeth extracted. The healthy canine tooth in the upper arch were preserved. She was given a new lower denture with good retention and a new upper denture with a ‘bulb’ to seal the cavity in her right palate and to improve speech.
The patient reported good retention of the upper and lower dentures. She was able to speak comfortably. The nasal tone in her speech had reduced. Her chewing function and quality of life had improved.