Man swallows dental bridge-who pays?

Photo: Ronald Martins

When a Linden man swallowed a dental bridge while under anesthesia, he was told his insurance probably wouldn’t pay for a new one. He tried to get the anesthesiologist to pay the $9,080 bill, but he refused.

Months of fighting ensued, and the patient learned his dentist never billed the insurance company, but rather, the dentist’s billing rep assumed that insurance would not pay. That simple error shows why it is so important to make sure your health provider actually bills the insurance company.

Learn more in this Bamboozled column on, which explains the incident and shows why you should be sure to know how your providers are billing your insurance company.