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Woman sues dentist after drill bit lost in sinus cavity

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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/html/nationworld/2003991245_dentist03.html

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My first thought while reading this:

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Owwwwww!!! OOOOWWWWWW!!!

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

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Owwwwww!!! OOOOWWWWWW!!!

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

:lol2:

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.

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"Trusty the Dentist" ??

Sounds like a poorly-conceived animated character.

Coming soon, from the Disney and Pixar studios....

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Oh, my sweet heavenly days. I cannot imagine.

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YIKES!!

You just totally showed me that my fears of the dentist aren't unfounded! Thanks!

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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

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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.

:eek:

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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.

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