After that ordeal, he was informed the tooth had to be removed, and he was fitted for a temporary partial. On second try, an implant was successful, but his bridgework had to be reconfigured, complete with a new partial that affected six teeth and required a new crown as well. And, Kucinich adds, "no dental expenses were covered by any health plan, nor did I have dental insurance that covered the injury, which, until it was resolved, affected my ability to chew food properly." Kucinich blames the "clamor for information" for the sudden wealth of information into his dental ordeal, but says while the case was still being mediated, he declined any interviews. But now, both parties have resolved that matter that "reflects the actual out-of-pocket expenses related to this incident. While the terms of the settlement are confidential, Kucinich says he feels "that the defendants have responded fairly and reasonably." Kucinich may well have odontophobia after the ordeal, adding, "I don't want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time, and will be making no further comment on this matter."
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