First Came the Root Canal. Then Came the Missing Tool

By John Johnson, Newser Staff

August 4, 2016


(NEWSER) – What's less fun than having a root canal? Watching your dentist look around for a lost tool when the procedure is over. That's what happened to a patient in Illinois who, lo and behold, began having stomach pains a few days later, reports WGN.

An X-ray revealed the problem—a small dental tool with the unpleasant name of a "barbed breach" had lodged in his stomach, reports CBS Chicago. (Click that link to see an image of the instrument.) It had evidently slipped down his throat during the root canal, and patient Janusz Pawlowicz required emergency surgery to have it removed. The silver lining for Pawlowicz: He just won a $675,000 settlement over the incident at Gentle Dental services in Des Plaines.

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