I swallowed half of my retainer. Please help me

Posted by NYiTa @nyita, Jan 16 2:10pm

Good evening. I have swallowed half of my retainer piece, it is made of plastic or acrylic, I am worried as what I should do or what I should be eating for it to go down smoothly and without incidents, I am concerned as I haven't eaten anything all day since this morning and have JUST had water, 6 liters now. Please help me if you're able

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Hi @nyita, Please contact your dentist or orthodontist. Or if necessary go to the nearest clinic or emergency department.

I imagine that something that size will come out in your stool eventually, but as a lay person I don't know. This is something that needs the attention of a medical professional.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @nyita, Please contact your dentist or orthodontist. Or if necessary go to the nearest clinic or emergency department.

I imagine that something that size will come out in your stool eventually, but as a lay person I don't know. This is something that needs the attention of a medical professional.

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Thank you so much for your reply. I did go to the ER and they told that exactly, that they think it will go through. Now the woman, a doctor, in the ER said only liquids and to stay on ALERT, if I feel pain of discomfort to return. My problem is i haven't eaten a thing since this morning and with all the water I drank (6 liters now) i think I will feel discomfort. I wonder if I could eat something to avoid this, not eating in my system does equal discomfort and likely pain. So far I do feel something on my stomach but no pain. Thank you again!

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@nyita

Thank you so much for your reply. I did go to the ER and they told that exactly, that they think it will go through. Now the woman, a doctor, in the ER said only liquids and to stay on ALERT, if I feel pain of discomfort to return. My problem is i haven't eaten a thing since this morning and with all the water I drank (6 liters now) i think I will feel discomfort. I wonder if I could eat something to avoid this, not eating in my system does equal discomfort and likely pain. So far I do feel something on my stomach but no pain. Thank you again!

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So good to hear that you've seen a doctor. She said only liquids. That means all liquids not just water. You can have liquid soup, juice, shakes, smoothie or other liquids that can also give you nutrition. You must be hungry. This link has some recipes for delicious, nutritious drinks http://www.eatingwell.com/article/290710/what-is-a-liquid-diet-and-is-it-healthy/

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there is only one spot where it could get stuck. where the small and large intestines join. However, yours might not be small and if you heed the advice of the doctor and just wait and see you are pretty well off.

On a different note I recently read a story of a child, age 8, who swallowed his Apple earbud and his greatest fear was that if he put the phone too close to his body the earbud would play music inside his digestive system. I still keep trying to imagine the doctor's face when the kid told him that one.

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