palatal lift


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pal·a·tal lift

(pal'ă-tăl lift)
A prosthetic device designed to fit against the hard palate, anchored by the teeth, with an extension along the soft palate to occlude part of the velopharyngeal opening. The device is used mainly by people with weak velopharyngeal musculature or excessively wide velopharyngeal openings, to reduce nasal resonance and airflow during speech.
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Prosthodontic care like to make a dental bridge for missing teeth to make special appliances called "speech bulbs" or "palatal lifts" to help close the nose from the mouth so that speech sounds more normal.