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I swallowed my permanent retainer. Should i be worried?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Depends

If it is aspirated into lungs can become lodged.
If in GI tract can cause perforation. May need x-ray to localize current position before choosing rx. If in lungs will have to be removed. If in GI tract stool will have to be examined to assure passage out of body. Call your orthodontist for guidance.

In brief: Depends

If it is aspirated into lungs can become lodged.
If in GI tract can cause perforation. May need x-ray to localize current position before choosing rx. If in lungs will have to be removed. If in GI tract stool will have to be examined to assure passage out of body. Call your orthodontist for guidance.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Barton Conroy
General Practice

In brief: Swallowed retainer

Probably not, especially if you are sure you swallowed it.
If there is a possibility that you inhaled it into your lungs, however, you may need a chest x-ray to confirm this and have it removed. You will only be asked to confirm that it passes through your body if you swallowed it.

In brief: Swallowed retainer

Probably not, especially if you are sure you swallowed it.
If there is a possibility that you inhaled it into your lungs, however, you may need a chest x-ray to confirm this and have it removed. You will only be asked to confirm that it passes through your body if you swallowed it.
Dr. Barton Conroy
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