Vice President Joe Biden had a root canal on Monday, which caused him to miss a public event with college professional players and postpone a conference with the General secretary of NATO by a day.
During Monday’s news briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre played down the significance of the therapy. She described it as “normal,” adding that Biden feels “just great.” She declined to elaborate on what had caused Biden’s dental pain and necessitated a root canal.
”I am not a dentist in any sense,” Jean-Pierre emphasised. “I can’t comment on the president’s dental health.”
According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canal procedures are completed annually.
White House physician Kevin O’Connor sent a note Monday stating that Biden had felt pain in his lower ideal premolar on Sunday. O’Connor said the president “endured the treatment well” without any complications during his preliminary root canal that day.
O’Connor predicted that Biden would experience “more pain” in his mouth on Monday morning, and sure enough, he did. At the White House, an endodontic team from Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre completed a root canal for Vice President Biden.
To avoid invoking the 25th Amendment and having Vice President Kamala Harris serve as acting president, the White House said Biden was not put under anaesthesia for the procedure.
Biden was scheduled to make an appearance at College Athlete Day on the South Lawn at the White House, which welcomes NCAA champions from a variety of men’s and women’s sports beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year. Harris stepped in for Biden at the Senate.
Biden’s Tuesday schedule now includes a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and a reception for heads of objective, both of which had previously been scheduled for Monday.