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Something to Chew Over

A woman in South Carolina recently won a $2 million verdict after a dental clinic mistakenly pulled her entire row of upper teeth. She had gone in to get just three teeth removed.

Which raises the question: Is the amount fair?

How much are your teeth worth to you? Suppose you were offered a giant sum of money to trade them in, and that the exchange was perfectly legal. It may seem unpalatable at first, but chew it over.

By Mike McPhate  |  August 28, 2009; 8:52 AM ET
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Considering the replacement value for implants $2million will be spent pretty quickly. Its not like that fender bender where you take the insurance and drive around with a beat up car. You really need your teeth.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | August 28, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

She is only 28 years old, too...long time to go with a plate, and the reason so many old folks leave out their upper plate (the teeth she had pulled) is because the upper palate is the most sensitive to tastes & texture.
So implants are only fair, and not only are they very expensive, as noted by 'lost', above, but the process, done right, is lengthy, painful, and ugly. And they will need expensive upkeep over the decades.
$2 mil is low, IMHO.

Posted by: McGaladon | August 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd shoot for the $500 million with the stipulation that she not only gets restoration dental work, but that she's also number one on the list for human clinical trials for tooth regeneration therapy when it becomes available; which should be within the next 3 to 5 years.

What kind of a moron dentist removes 13 good teeth all at once?

Posted by: mhoust | August 31, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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