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Article: Volume 41 Number 10 Page 882 - December 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 882-890

Restorative dentistry:  Swallowed and Inhaled Dentures − What’s the Problem?

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Abstract: Loose or fractured dentures may be displaced towards the back of the mouth into the pharynx and become ingested or inhaled. The consequences of denture impaction on a patient’s health can be severe, both short-term and long-term. Diagnosis and treatment can be challenging, therefore an understanding of the incidence, risk factors, symptoms and management of risk factors is important to reduce the occurrence of denture impaction in the aero-digestive system. This article includes an overview of the related literature and highlights the importance of managing risks and the importance of good denture design and appropriate maintenance.

Clinical relevance: Dentists need to be aware of risk factors and harmful effects associated with inhaled and swallowed dentures to help minimize the incidence

Author notes: Elizabeth King, BDS(Hons), MFDS(Ed), Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Morriston Hospital, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Robert Jagger, BDS, MScD, FDS RCS, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, School of Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.

Objective: To recognize the risk factors associated with swallowed and inhaled dentures.