How Biting an Olive Pit Resulted in Two Years of Agony for Dennis Kucinich

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Apparently Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich has now settled his lawsuit with the operators of the congressional cafeteria after biting into an olive pit hidden within one of their wraps in 2008. But in order to let his supporters know that his cause was just, he detailed, in a sometimes gross e-mail, how that olive pit caused a chain reaction that wouldn’t be resolved for nearly two years:


When I bit into the olive pit, (unbeknown to me at the time), upon impact the tooth split in half, vertically through the crown and the tooth, below the level of the bone. Externally there was no evidence of a break. This was not about aesthetics. The internal structure of the tooth was rendered nonrestorable. Although the pain was excruciating, I shook it off and I went right back to work.

This tooth is a key tooth which anchored my upper bridgework. The injured tooth and the bone above it became infected. I took a course of antibiotics for the infection, had an adverse reaction to the antibiotics which caused me to have an intestinal obstruction and emergency medical intervention.

Kucinich Settles in Olive Pit Incident [Weigel/Slate]