Denture Hazards and Estate Quack Dentists

Denture Hazards and Estate Quack Dentists ( a poem -Haiku)

Estate quack dentists and loose denture – drawn by author

In road accidents

sweep mouth for foreign bodies

loose dentures’ hazards

Many years ago, it was night duty. One could hear this high-pitched noise before entering the ward. Sounded like stridor.

This estate worker had a motor vehicle accident. An emergency burr hole operation was done for her head injury. The next three days after removing the endotracheal tube, her breathing was so loud, piercing the usually quiet environment in that ward. Her daily chest X-rays and blood gases were normal. She was fed through a nasogastric tube.

As stridor could denote a blockage near the voice box. Nurse Anna went through all the skull x-rays. There was a very thin white line at the throat level in a few old skull X-rays (see skull picture above) that were done before the operation.

The doctor came in the middle of the night and removed a loosened ill-fitting denture!

I don’t know if there are still such estate quack dentists around. But in an accident, that is one of the reasons why one needs to sweep the victim’s mouth for foreign bodies before inserting an airway device!

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

3 thoughts on “Denture Hazards and Estate Quack Dentists

  1. 💜 I Have a Fragmented Tooth; there’s only one “Dentist” I Trust EveryOne and, Sadly, I May NEVER!!! Be Treated by HER!!! again


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