The effects on speech of surgical premaxillary osteotomy

Sharon R. Garber, T. Michael Speidel, George Marse

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Patients were tested before and after undergoing surgical premaxillary osteotomy for correction of skeletal and soft-tissue discrepancies. Both structural and speech measurements were made before surgery and for a year after surgery. The role of hearing and oral sensation in adaptation to surgery was evaluated. Immediately after surgery, speech was disrupted. Distortions of |s| predominated. However, there were no long-term effects on speech. Hearing and oral sensation played little role in adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthodontics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1981

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by National Institute of Dental Research 05002-01 and by grants awarded to the Center for Research in Human *Department of Speech and Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh. **University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

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  • Speech
  • adaptation
  • hearing
  • osteotomy
  • surgery


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