Woman sues dentist after drill bit lost in sinus cavity

  1. SYRACUSE, N.Y.-A dentist who was dancing to the song "Car Wash" while extracting a patient's tooth lost an inch-long drill bit, which punctured the patient's sinus cavity and came to rest by her eye socket, according to the woman's lawsuit.
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...dentist03.html





    My first thought while reading this:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=1Xm7A4GoA2s

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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   elizabells
    Owwwwww!!! OOOOWWWWWW!!!

    Although I would totally have appreciated the singin' and dancin', right up until the sinus cavity puncturage.
  4. by   cardiacRN2006
    Eeeks!
  5. by   EmmaG
    Quote from elizabells
    Owwwwww!!! OOOOWWWWWW!!!

    Although I would totally have appreciated the singin' and dancin', right up until the sinus cavity puncturage.


    I particularly liked this part: "Trusty told her it wasn't a big deal and that she'd likely sneeze the drill bit out"

    !!


    I just recently fractured an upper molar, and was thinking I have to try to find a dentist who can take me in next week...then I read this LOL.

    Hooboy.

    When I call I think I'm going to ask for a tone-deaf dentist with two left feet, thank you.
  6. by   cardiacRN2006
    I love how his name is Dr Trusty!
  7. by   EmmaG
    "Trusty the Dentist" ??

    Sounds like a poorly-conceived animated character.

    Coming soon, from the Disney and Pixar studios....
  8. by   sirI
    Oh, my sweet heavenly days. I cannot imagine.
  9. by   RainDreamer
    YIKES!!

    You just totally showed me that my fears of the dentist aren't unfounded! Thanks!
  10. by   student456
    oh my god

    that is my worst nightmare - i didnt even know this was possible!

    scared to go to the dentist now....

    what kind of dentist DANCES when they are drilling your mouth?!?!?!

    *scarred for life now* lol
  11. by   EmmaG
    Here's something else to consider (thanks to a comment made on another site about this incident):

    Modern dental drills can rotate at up to 800,000 RPM.

    For comparison's sake...
    • An automobile's engine typically varies between 700 and 7000 r/min (though there are certain cars that can rev as high as 11,000 r/min.
    • A piston aircraft engine typically rotates between 2000 and 3000 r/min.
    • The engine of a Formula One racing car can reach 20,000 r/min under some circumstances.
    • A Zippe-type centrifuge for enriching uranium spins at 90 000 r/min or faster.
    • Jetcat model aircraft turbines are capable of over 100 000 r/min with the fastest reaching 165 000 r/min.
    • An electromechanical battery (EMB) works at 60 000 - 200 000 rpm range using a passively magnetic levitated flywheel in vacuum. The choice of the flywheel material is not the most dense, but the one that pulverises the most safely, at surface speeds about 7 times the speed of sound.
    • A turbocharger can reach 290 000 r/min while 80 000 - 200 000 r/min are common.
  12. by   elizabells
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    Here's something else to consider (thanks to a comment made on another site about this incident):

    Modern dental drills can rotate at up to 800,000 RPM.
    Aaaaand I think my current 2.5 years without seeing the dentist might just go a little longer, thanks.
  13. by   Soup Turtle
    This is one of the funniest sad stories I've ever read.
  14. by   EmmaG
    I can hardly wait for the Lifetime Exclusive™ made-for-TV movie
    Last edit by EmmaG on Nov 4, '07

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