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J Am Dent Assoc. 1996 Aug;127(8):1224-9.

Foreign body aspiration in dentistry: a review.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga 30905, USA.


This article reviews the dangers of aspirating foreign bodies of dental origin. Two illustrative cases are presented, including an unusual case involving aspiration of an elastomeric impression material. The authors describe the techniques used to identify the foreign body. A radiodensimetric study of four impression materials demonstrates the difficulty of identifying most impression materials. The authors also present some strategies for reducing the risk of aspiration during dental procedures.

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