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Is there any risk to my teeth or dentures during upper endoscopy?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Spare the teeth!
To protect your teeth from the endoscope (and the endoscope from being damaged by your teeth) a mouth guard is usually inserted before the start of an endoscopy procedure.
To insure maximum safety to your mouth, make the endoscopist aware of any loose teeth or dental appliances, if you have overlays that may chip, or any dental, gum, and mouth problems. Safety is the endoscopist's #1 priority.

In brief: Spare the teeth!
To protect your teeth from the endoscope (and the endoscope from being damaged by your teeth) a mouth guard is usually inserted before the start of an endoscopy procedure.
To insure maximum safety to your mouth, make the endoscopist aware of any loose teeth or dental appliances, if you have overlays that may chip, or any dental, gum, and mouth problems. Safety is the endoscopist's #1 priority.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and No
If you have dentures, they will be removed prior to an endoscopy.
So there wouldn't be any risk of damaging the dentures. If, however, you have all natural teeth, there is a slight chance that a tooth may be chipped due to the instruments used. Doctors are very careful and this is unlikely, but can and does happen. The risk is still relatively small.

In brief: Yes and No
If you have dentures, they will be removed prior to an endoscopy.
So there wouldn't be any risk of damaging the dentures. If, however, you have all natural teeth, there is a slight chance that a tooth may be chipped due to the instruments used. Doctors are very careful and this is unlikely, but can and does happen. The risk is still relatively small.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dr. Kevin Owoc
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Chipped teeth?
When prepping for an endoscopy, you will be asked to remove any removeable dentures prior to preceding as part of the normal protocols.
Either leave them at home or with the individual who brings you to the procedure. Natural teeth have a small chance of chipping, so to be sure, take s close up photoblog your teeth prior to the procedure to document the status of your teeth. Your teeth should b ok.

In brief: Chipped teeth?
When prepping for an endoscopy, you will be asked to remove any removeable dentures prior to preceding as part of the normal protocols.
Either leave them at home or with the individual who brings you to the procedure. Natural teeth have a small chance of chipping, so to be sure, take s close up photoblog your teeth prior to the procedure to document the status of your teeth. Your teeth should b ok.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Robert Tupac
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
Dentures would be removed for the procedure, and sometimes (rarely) teeth may be injured during upper endoscopy.

In brief: Maybe
Dentures would be removed for the procedure, and sometimes (rarely) teeth may be injured during upper endoscopy.
Dr. Robert Tupac
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Don't wear them
Best to remove them and keep them in a safe place during your treatment.

In brief: Don't wear them
Best to remove them and keep them in a safe place during your treatment.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes Let Your MD Know
During endoscopy there may arise the need to pass the endoscope tube orally or to support you breathing requiring a good oral seal with a face mask.
Let your doctor know of your concerns in advance of the endoscopic appointment and have him discuss your dental situation with your dentist or get a pre-treatment dental consult.

In brief: Yes Let Your MD Know
During endoscopy there may arise the need to pass the endoscope tube orally or to support you breathing requiring a good oral seal with a face mask.
Let your doctor know of your concerns in advance of the endoscopic appointment and have him discuss your dental situation with your dentist or get a pre-treatment dental consult.
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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