A dynamic approach for the treatment of oral motor rehabilitation, using the interdisciplinary skills of the speech-language pathologist and the maxillofacial prosthodontist, is suggested. A variety of oral and oropharyngeal prostheses for patients with a cleft palate, oral cancer, dysarthria, and dysphagia has been reviewed. In addition, a new treatment approach has been described that may greatly enhance traditional speech-language pathology treatment.
Key Words: maxillofacial prostheses, postsurgical oral cancer prostheses, cleft palate prostheses, speech prostheses, palatal augmentation prostheses, palatal lift prostheses, intraoral handheld muscle exerciser
Submitted on March 8, 1994
Accepted on October 25, 1994