Article: Volume 44 Number 10 Page 986 - November 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 986-987

General Dental practice:  Aspiration of Dental Impression Material – A Case Report

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Abstract: Aspiration of dental impression material is a rare but potentially serious complication of routine care. Prior to this case report the authors found three other reports of impression material aspiration. The following report describes the presentation, management and sequelae of a case.

Clinical relevance: Routine impression-taking is a procedure with some risk, albeit low, in vulnerable patients and all dental operators should attempt to reduce risk and refer urgently where they suspect adverse outcome.

Author notes: Geoffrey Bateman, BDS, MFDS, MMedEd, MRD, FDS(Rest Dent), Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire and Shuva Saha, BDS, MFDS(Ed), MFDS(Eng), MPhil, Dip Con Sed, FDS(Rest Dent), Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology, Birmingham Periodontal and Implant Centre, Birmingham, UK.

Objective: To highlight the rare but serious risk of aspiration of impression materials and to encourage all dentists to take steps to reduce such risk.

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