Chicago Principal Dies of Heart Attack at Dentist Office During Routine Root Canal

It was recently reported that Georgette Watson, a 46-year old woman who worked as a principal at a Chicago middle school, died of a heart attack while under sedation for the performance of a routine root canal at her dentist.

A root canal is a procedure to save an inflamed or infected tooth. Dentists remove damaged tissue inside the tooth, disinfect and fill the area, and then seal it off. Experts said that more than 17 million root canals are performed every year in the U.S. and that a death during the procedure is highly unusual.

The licenses of the dentists who had performed the procedure had been put on probation in July due to substandard dental work and failure to maintain records. However, dentists on probation are allowed to continue practicing with certain restrictions, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Web.

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