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Is it possible to swallow your dentures?

It may be possible to swallow certain types of dentures, but it usually doesn't happen on a regular basis. Because complete dentures cover the entire jaw, they're often too large to swallow. They may slip or move while eating or talking, but they are not usually swallowed during daily activity. Usually, dentures are only swallowed if people wear them while they sleep or if the dentures don't fit properly. Some types of partial dentures may be small enough to be swallowed, but they're generally attached too securely to be swallowed by accident. Again, this usually happens only if the denture is damaged or ill-fitting. Nesbit dentures, a type of small denture that's used to replace one or two back teeth, are more likely than others to be swallowed, so dentists recommend other types of dentures instead.

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