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June 1948

LOOSE DENTURES AS ESOPHAGEAL PROBLEMS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(6):772-788. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030799006
Abstract

MANY AN ARTIFICIAL denture is a menace to its wearer. Suddenly a functional and cosmetic oral asset may become an esophageal liability. Dentists know how common a mishap it is Tor people to swallow small or broken loose dentures. Many dentists and some physicians do not appreciate the danger to the patient when a denture fails to pass through and instead lodges in the esophagus. The growing use of radiolucent acrylic compounds for the construction of dentures makes the roentgenologist's job of diagnosis increasingly more difficult.

Clinical cases of deficiencies in artificial dentures have been chosen to present from the standpoint of the laryngologist. These cases suggest that the popular temporary denture made to supply upper central teeth should be abandoned by the dental profession. The loose removable bridge should not be employed, as it jeopardizes its wearer. The dangers of the broken upper complete denture need greater publicity. While

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