President Joe Biden had an eventful day that involved a trip to the dentist. The 80-year-old leader underwent a root canal procedure right at the White House, experiencing some dental discomfort.
The White House physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, explained that Biden began experiencing dental pain on Sunday, leading to an immediate examination. X-rays were taken, and the initial phase of the root canal was performed.
However, the pain persisted on Monday, indicating that the procedure needed to be completed, putting Biden in a bit of a “rooty” situation.
Dr. O’Connor disclosed that the troublesome tooth was Biden’s lower right premolar, specifically tooth 29. Even the most powerful person in the United States is not immune to a toothache, it seems!
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To address this dental issue, a team of specialists from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center took action. They conducted the examination in the White House Dental Operatory, conveniently located within the presidential residence. One can only wonder if Biden received a presidential dental-themed toothbrush as a memento.
Regrettably, this dental adventure caused Biden to miss an event celebrating college athletes. However, he did not require anesthesia for the procedure, so there was no need to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows for the temporary transfer of presidential powers to the vice president. Vice-President Kamala Harris had to wait for another opportunity to taste power.
It is worth noting that this is not Biden’s first encounter with anesthesia. Earlier this year, he underwent a colonoscopy that required sedation. On that occasion, Vice-President Harris assumed temporary responsibilities. However, this time, it’s a straightforward root canal without the need for sleep-inducing medications.
Let’s hope the presidential dental team performs an excellent job, allowing Biden to flash his winning smile once again. We wish him a swift recovery, and may his future dental visits be far less eventful. Remember to floss, Mr. President!