Fabricating a palate obturator
One palate obturator was fabricated for a 22-year old young man who was not a surgical candidate. Where the palatal defect is small enough, a retainer-type appliance can be made to cover the hole in the palate; thus improving speech and eating capabilities. Dr. Willa, the Iloilo Provincial Hospital Dentist, not only extracted many teeth for the surgeons, but also facilitated fabrication of the obturator appliance. The obturator was a perfect fit, and there was an immediate improvement in the speech.