Biden has root canal treatment and cancels sporting event after toothache

By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden is skipping a public event on Monday to undergo his second root canal procedure in two days after reporting dental pain, the White House said.

Biden reported dental pain on Sunday, prompting a root canal examination and treatment that day, according to a letter from his doctor that was distributed to the press.

“The president tolerated the procedure well,” wrote the doctor, Kevin O’Connor, of the previously undisclosed procedure. “There were no complications.”

After feeling more pain this morning, which O’Connor said was expected, his medical team planned to “complete the president’s root canal today” at the White House.

Biden was not expected to be anesthetized and will not need to transfer his powers to Vice President Kamala Harris under the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution during the proceedings, according to a White House official.

The White House canceled Biden’s appearance at a Monday morning event celebrating college athletes and said it would announce more details about the president’s program later.

Harris attended the college athletic event in place of Biden.

Biden, 80, is the oldest person to serve as US president and his age and health have been a focus of voter concern as he plans to run for a second four-year term in the election presidential election in 2024.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by David Gregorio, Heather Timmons and Jonathan Oatis)

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