SWALLOWED PARTIAL DENTURE: A CASE REPORT AND A LITERATURE REVIEW

Bruno Ramos Chrcanovic, Antônio Luís, Neto Custódio
2010 Arq bras odontol   unpublished
Foreign body ingestion is a common occurrence and the majority of foreign bodies that reach the gastrointestinal tract pass spontaneously. However, some patients require non-operative intervention or even surgery. Unexplained abdominal pain should alert the clinician to the possibility of foreign body ingestion. The one-tooth removable partial denture provides no cross-arch stabilization and there is the chance that it may be swallowed if it becomes dislodged. Patients should be educated on the
more » ... importance of adherence to instructions of mechanics of use, life span, maintenance of dentures, and maintenance recall visits to assess the retention of dentures. It is also important the incorporation of radiopaque material in dental appliances, because the location of a swallowed or aspirated dental prosthesis often is accomplished radiographically. The aim of this paper is to report a case of a patient who swallowed a unilateral partial denture, which was removed by laparotomy.
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