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Inmate loses appeal over prison dental treatment

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A North Dakota prison inmate convicted of killing and dismembering a Wisconsin man has lost his appeal over medical treatment at the state penitentiary.

Dennis Gaede, convicted of killing Timothy Wicks in 2001, says he requested a root canal and crown after he cracked a tooth, but the tooth was pulled instead. Gaede accused state officials of cruel and unusual punishment.

A lower court threw out Gaede's original lawsuit in January 2012.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a decision filed Friday that it found no evidence to overturn the judge's ruling.

Gaede is serving a life sentence without parole.