ND73.0/T18.0 Foreign body in mouth



A foreign body in the mouth is usually caused by a child accidentally ingesting a small object like a toy, coin or bead. It can also be caused by an adult accidentally biting down on a piece of food or object.


The diagnosis of a foreign body in the mouth is made by inspecting the mouth for signs of the foreign body, such as redness, swelling or pain. The physician may also use an x-ray to confirm the presence of the foreign body.

Differential diagnosis

Other conditions that may present similarly to a foreign body in the mouth include infection, abscess and trauma.


The treatment for a foreign body in the mouth depends on the size and location of the object. Generally, if the object is small and easily removable, it can be removed by the physician in the office. If the object is large or deeply embedded, it may need to be surgically removed.


The prognosis for a foreign body in the mouth is generally good. If the object is removed quickly, the patient should recover without any lasting symptoms.

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