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Question:
Implants cause speech lisp: I have just had my 2nd set of dental implants inserted, 4 top teeth.

The first lot I developed a really bad lisp and they were poorly made. 2nd set are better, perhaps a little short. The first set were too horsey, and I still have a lisp, like Cindy in the Brady Bunch.

Will this improve over time? It was one of the things we discussed at length with the dentist and seems to be getting worse. ...Visitor from Australia

Answer:
Your speech is probably being affected by the position of the incisal edges of the front teeth.

Perhaps the edges are too far forward. The edges of your front teeth should rest just at the tissue transition of the vermillion border and the inside lip mucosal tissue.

Have your dentist do a wax up and reposition the teeth so that your are comfortable expressing your fricatives (F sounds) and sibilants (S sounds).

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