September 9, 2007 |
Planning is everything. My wife had selected Poland as our destination, and, after extensive research, put together a grand tour. In Krakow, our hotel was less than a block from the main square. We visited Auschwitz, the salt mines, Wawel Castle, museums and churches and took a Schindler's List tour. We were having such a great time that I didn't think much about an occasional mild ache in one of my upper molars. One night, the pain worsened and began to throb. Tossing and turning, I tried in vain to find a position that provided relief.
August 5, 1999 |
The state Superior Court got right to the root of the problem. It decided that dental patients who undergo root-canal procedures are entitled to be informed of the risks involved. A lower court judge had ruled that root-canal was not surgery, so the warning requirement was not necessary. Without the "informed consent" issue argument being allowed in a malpractice suit brought by a patient of a local dentist, a Philadelphia jury ruled in favor of the dentist in 1994. The patient appealed.
June 14, 2003 |
Dr. Israel Boris "I.B. " Bender, 97, of Center City, the creator of the root-canal treatment who fought a history-making battle to save teeth, died - with every tooth in place - of heart failure June 7 at Pennsylvania Hospital. This will be the first year in 61 years that the "father of root canals" will not speak before conventioneers at the American Association of Endodontists, an organization he founded in 1942. Dr. Bender, always a crowd-pleaser, once started an award acceptance speech with: "I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony.
February 13, 1995 |
The mere thought of an IRS audit is enough to induce insomnia and a cold sweat in some taxpayers. So how might they react if they had to face an extra- comprehensive audit, one that delved into more areas of their personal finances and demanded a higher level of documentation? Probably not well, but that's just what 153,000 taxpayers will have to endure beginning this fall, as part of an occasional IRS program to gauge how well American taxpayers are behaving. The data will be used to help the IRS to pick out and audit those returns that are most likely to contain errors or fraud.
July 5, 2013 |
Two Delaware County women who set up a phony dental practice in Bryn Mawr, where they performed root canal operations and pulled teeth, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to their scam. In a pretrial proceeding before Judge William J. Furber Jr., Cheryl A. Laing, 46, and Jessica Gullickson, 24, both of Broomall, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of theft by deception, recklessly endangering another person, and unauthorized practice of dentistry, said Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney John Neumann Gradel.
September 22, 1994 |
Moyco Industries Inc., of Philadelphia, has filed a patent-infringement suit in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, Okla., over a tiny piece of dental technology that could be worth millions to the rightful owner. In the lawsuit, Moyco accuses Tulsa Dental Products, of Tulsa, and Quality Dental Products Inc., of Johnson City, Tenn., of using Moyco designs to make the tips for instruments used in root-canal surgery. Moyco said that the Profile .04 Tapers, manufactured by Quality Dental and marketed by Tulsa Dental Products, infringe on Moyco patents for the Flex-R and Onyx-R, instruments for cleaning and shaping root canals.
January 3, 1988 |
You probably don't want to hear about my dental troubles. Too bad for you. The main advantage of having a column is having someplace to dump unpleasant experiences. Were you under the impression that I've been doing this for the money? I'm going to tell you about my dental problems whether you like it or not. But not before I tell you about the problems I have every year with the state car inspection. You don't want to hear what I have to say about the state car inspection? Tough luck.
November 21, 1996 |
A Montgomery County woman has sued the University of Pennsylvania dental school for "in excess of $50,000," charging that the staff and students used her as an "experimental guinea pig" for 13 years. Marlene C. Kappe, of Lafayette Hill, claims in a suit filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court that she went to the dental school in 1982 for a second opinion about a loose tooth that her private dentist wanted to pull. A faculty member convinced her instead to get braces. Over the next 13 years, the suit contends, she was "fitted with braces, underwent root canal, uncountable X-rays and anesthesia shots and eventually had all her teeth shaved down and capped.
March 12, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I frequently talk on my cellphone in public, and I'm often irked by the comments I get from people to put my phone away. Personally, I don't see a difference between a cellphone conversation and an in-person conversation, provided I keep the noise level down. It's not like I'm talking about excessively personal subjects or anything. I spend an hour on the train going to and coming from work, and I like to use that time to catch up with my friends. Am I wrong for constantly talking on my cellphone in public, or do people just need to get used to the era of mobile phones?
December 27, 1990 |
Root canal. Fillings. Crown reconstruction. For many people, even routine dental operations provoke responses of fear. For dental phobics, the fear is multiplied a thousand times. Brian Moscow, a dental anesthesiologist, believes that dental phobics need not go through life shielding their teeth from the world. He believes the solution, in a word, is anesthesia. "Ninety percent of my patients are people who want to go to the dentist, but don't want to hear a drill and can't handle a needle.