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What should be done after swallowing a tooth retainer?

Apr 2013
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This is very strange, but a few nights ago, I think I swallowed my single tooth retainer. I had it by my vitamins so I would not forget to put it in that night. I didn't turn on the light and picked up the vitamins and took them. It felt like one of them got stuck in my throat. I ate a little bread and it went down. Then when I went to bed the retainer was gone. I think I swallowed it. That was 2 days ago. I am very worried about it. So stupid. What should I do? Is it dangerous?
Posted Sun, 9 Feb 2014 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX Detailed Answer: Thanks for the query. In some cases it may be XXXXXXX but most commonly it passes through bowels and it is evacuated with stool. Usually, if patients visit doctor within 24 hours after swallowing some object, then it is recommended to do abdominal xrays and see is this object moving or it is stucked somewhere in intestinal tract. Since this was more than 2 days ago then probably it is already outside the body. So if you dont have any symptoms such as abdominal pain,bloating,blood in stool etc.,then I dont think that this can cause any serious consequances. If you notice these symptoms then you should visit doctor as soon as possible. If you want to be sure that this tooth retainer was defecated then you should do abdominal xray in consultation with your doctor. Wish you good health. Feel free to ask. Regards
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