Palatogram: A Guide to Customised, Functional Palatal Contour ZD06-ZD09
Dr. Dharmendra Sindha,
Postgraduate Student, Department of Prosthodontics, 105, Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
The prime requisite of a sound and holistic prosthodontic rehabilitation from both the patient’s and clinician’s perspective is to be able to satiate the yardsticks of function, retention, aesthetics and comfort to the fullest. It is thereby astoundingly hard to digest that speech being an indispensably significant function of the complete denture prosthesis, is often seen upon as heedless and inconsiderate by the patient. Adaptability in speech pronunciation of complete denture prosthesis is a subjective phenomenon; cannot be predicted to entirety. To diagnose and verify speech difficulties in a complete denture patient who finds it relatively difficult to affirm to new palatal contours of prostheses, we require some simple clinical aids. Palatogram is a fairly simple, yet highly efficacious technique of assessment and verification of palatal contours, so as to improve and correct the existent speech deficiencies of affected sounds. In the present case report, readily available food colour in spray form was employed to produce and investigate inadequacies of various sounds. This case report highlights palatogram as an easy clinical technique that helps to correct, often delinquent speech difficulties, pertaining to the palatal contours of complete denture prosthesis.