James Hill, a cyclotron engineer in Spokane, was driving his car and “chomping on nuts” when his tooth fell apart in his mouth. He pulled over. A fast call to his dentist’s office secured an emergency appointment, where he learned a wisdom tooth that emerged when Hill was 37 had put so much pressure on another tooth that the tooth died and decayed. A hard nut was the last straw, and the tooth shattered.
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