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March 1967

RADIOLUCENT MATERIALS IN DENTAL APPLIANCES

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Associate Professor and Chairman Department of Oral Diagnosis School of Dentistry State University of New York Buffalo

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(3):346-347. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040348023

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Abstract

To the Editor.—I am interested in some of the problems attendant with using radiolucent materials in dental appliances.

There is a number of cases on record of patients inadvertently inhaling or ingesting dental materials, portions of a fractured denture, crowns, bridges, or parts of fillings. The localization of these objects within the gastrointestinal or respiratory tract may be difficult, if not impossible, should the object be composed of material which is radiolucent, that is, one that will not cast an adequate shadow on x-ray examination. There is some research being done at the present time to try to develop satisfactory radiopaque materials for these appliances.

In an attempt to assess the magnitude of the danger of using radiolucent dental material, I am seeking information from dentists, otorhinolaryngologists, thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, and others about instances of inhaled or ingested dental materials. If any of your readers could offer information

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