It's been a rough week for dentists. First we found out they've been lying to us about flossing, turns out there's no proof we should be doing it. And now there's this.


Janusz Pawlowicz in Chicago went in for a root canal about two years ago. While his dentist was working on him, she dropped a tiny drill bit called a "barbed breach" that's about an inch long. She couldn't find it on the floor, but she figured they'd find it later, so she sent the guy home.

Three days later, he ended up in the hospital with severe stomach pains. When they did an X-ray, it turned out the drill bit had fallen in his mouth, and he'd swallowed it.

His doctors had to do emergency surgery to get it out and he says he's had lingering issues ever since. Pawlowicz filed a lawsuit that claimed his dentist should have been using a dental dam to make sure it didn't happen. They recently settled for $675,000.

Janusz Pawlowicz

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