This patient presented with maxillary alveolar ridge atrophy. The large air space below the bridge was creating a phonetic problem as it was allowing air to pass through, creating a lisp. The patient was also concerned about the gingival aesthetics of the area.
While ridge augmentation using soft and or hard tissue is also a treatment consideration, a very simple approach involved the use of a gingival prosthetic to mask the area. This prosthetic was fabricated chair-side and its intended purpose was to demonstrate its function and see how the patient would tolerate it.
The patient was ecstatic with this temporary device. It immediately solved his phonetic problem and he was happy with the improved aesthetics. He asked if he could keep it and of course we let him.
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