A man has been left with an expensive tooth from a car accident, and has to spend an extra $100 to fix it.
Dental car accidents are one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in India, with over 10,000 reported annually.
The man, who goes by the pseudonym ‘Kiran’, is from Burlington in South-East India.
His car was involved in an accident when he was returning home after spending the night in the car park, the Times of New Delhi reported.
Kiram, a 32-year-old software engineer, said he was sitting in the back seat of his car on the way home when a driver lost control and crashed into him, causing him to hit the side of the car.
He had to use his hands to hold onto the steering wheel while trying to get it fixed.
‘I was in shock for a few seconds.
I had no idea what had happened, how the car had ended up in my lap,’ he told the paper.
After he got out of the accident, he spent about a week fixing the tooth with the help of a dentist.
In a statement to the paper, the local dental clinic in Burlington said it was not the first time that a patient had to pay for repairs to their teeth after an accident.
‘The situation is very different from a dental accident.
The dentists are trained to operate safely and have a professional attitude towards patients,’ the statement read.
When contacted by the Times, Kiran said he is still struggling to make ends meet after having to pay $2,000 for repairs.
‘The fact that I have to pay the extra cost of a dental check up front, and the fact that it takes up a whole day to make the dentures, it’s a big burden,’ he said.