USMagazine, Friday, February 15, 2013, 10:00am (PST)
LeAnn Rimes has a bone to pick with her dentist. The country singer filed a lawsuit on Thursday, Feb. 14, alleging that his poor dental work has actually been so traumatic that it has negatively impacted her career.
In the papers, the 30-year-old claims that her "ability to perform as an artist has been and will continue to be significantly compromised until all re-treatment is complete." Rimes is seeking unspecified damages for "emotional and psychiatric injuries" in addition to the physical pain her dentist has inflicted upon her.
Among the singer's complaints are "severe tooth pain, gum inflammation and chronic gum bleeding" resulting from veneers and crowns she had put in to combat her TMJ-related pain as well as improve her appearance.
Last summer, Rimes went on a long rant about her dental discomfort on Twitter, giving fans a detailed, up-to-the-minute report about her pain.
"Waiting on the endodontist to meet me and do a nighttime root canal," she wrote in July. "This is one of the craziest things I've ever been through. Trying to keep my mind off the pain & what's about to happen by saying hi to you guys. Life does not work on the right schedule sometimes. This is such bad timing! K, wish me luck. Much love!"
"O-M-G i got 3 shots in the roof of my mouth & 1 INSANE shot directly into the half dead half ALIVE nerve through the hole he drilled on the backside of my tooth," she wrote in the days following.
In the lawsuit, Rimes details eight other root canals in addition to the one she'd tweeted about, as well as bone grafting, physical therapy, a temporary bridge and a "permanent cosmetic deficiency."
The singer was forced to cancel several performances due to the dental emergency, and she is currently seeking monetary compensation for "loss of earnings and future earning capacity" in addition to the damages for physical, emotional and psychiatric injuries.