In the past, we have argued that it’s not good to say that denture wearers should just eat soup because it doesn’t reflect their nutritional and quality of life needs.
However, a new case shows that even eating soup may not be safe with poorly fitting dentures. This man from China swallowed his dentures while eating soup and had to have emergency surgery to remove them.
Loose Dentures Lead to Trouble
This story comes from China, where a man identified only as Mr. Zhu, 65, was eating soup when his partial dentures fell into his soup, and then he accidentally swallowed them.
He hurried to the hospital, where doctors took CT scans. These showed that the denture had lodged in his esophagus. Metal hooks and wires prevented it from traveling any further.
Doctors then cut his throat open and removed the denture. They said he was lucky, because if the denture had traveled further down the esophagus, his life might have been at risk.
As it is, though, Mr. Zhu is expected to make a full recovery, with no long-term effects from his ordeal.
People Often Swallow Ill-Fitting dentures
If it sounds like this happens often, you’re right. Swallowing dentures is common, whether it occurs while eating, during surgery, or even while sleeping. In fact, dentures account for about 40% of all swallowed objects.
In many cases, the situation isn’t critical. However, in some cases, it can be dangerous because of damage caused by the denture, obstructed airway, or impacted bowels.
How to Keep from Swallowing Your Dentures
Swallowing dentures is unfortunately common, but there are ways that you can keep from becoming another one of these cases. Here are some tips for keeping your dentures in you mouth and out of your throat.
Choose Quality Dentures
Not all dentures are properly fitted. Dentures that fit better are more secure in all situations, including eating. Cheap dentures are often designed without taking proper steps to ensure the best fit. This results in loose dentures that are more likely to be swallowed.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Next, it’s important to make sure your dentures maintain their fit. All dentures need to be relined regularly to make sure they maintain their good fit. Otherwise, they loosen over time and create a risk of swallowing. When you notice your dentures aren’t as tight as they used to be, schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Remove Your Dentures for Sleeping and Surgery
People are more likely to swallow dentures when they are unconscious. Take your dentures out at night when you sleep, and always remember to remove your dentures before surgery.
Plus, make sure you check for your dentures before leaving the hospital after surgery. This could help you avoid the situation of the man who had his dentures lodged in his throat for eight days after surgery until he started coughing up blood.
Are You Looking for Quality Dentures?
The risk of swallowing your dentures is only one reason to choose quality dentures. If you look at the benefits, you will see why you should always choose quality dentures.
To get quality dentures in your area, choose a local FOY® Dentures dentist.