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​Woman Who Refuses Dental Treatment Got Husband To Remove Tooth

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​Woman Who Refuses Dental Treatment Got Husband To Remove Tooth

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A woman who refuses to pay for dental treatments has managed to save money over the years by doing it all herself at home - having even asked her husband to remove one of her teeth. Watch below:

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While many of us moan about forking out a small fortune every time we visit the dentist, we know there isn't really an alternative. Well, not a particularly safe one.

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But Karen Hearn prefers to take the DIY approach, performing all her own procedures from the comfort of her own home.

In a previous episode of TLC's Extreme Cheapskates, the self-confessed cheapskate explained how she's 'saved thousands of dollars' by not going to the dentist or the doctor.

Credit: TLC
Credit: TLC

She had a slight problem when she started suffering from chronic toothache, and after trying clove oil, ice and over-the-counter products, she 'finally gave up' and went to the dentist.

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In the episode, Karen was told by the dentist that she had an abscess on her tooth, and that she needed a root canal and a crown costing an eye-watering $1,800.

The dentist then told her there was a cheaper option, which involved simply removing the dodgy tooth for $185 - a price she still wasn't willing to pay.

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Credit: TLC

We then saw Karen back at home with her husband Gary, who she roped in to remove the tooth with the help of a YouTube video, having performed various procedures at home before.

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Grant said: "I don't like the idea of pulling my wife's teeth out.

"What if I pull the wrong one or something? But my wife threatened to take her own tooth out so this needs to be taken care of."

The couple set up a makeshift clinic in their living room, numbing Karen's gum with some gel and creating a dental vacuum out of household objects - namely a vacuum cleaner and a straw.

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Credit: TLC
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Karen explained they had a barber's tool to extract the tooth, saying: "The extraction will actually take place using this barber's tool, we found it at a yard sale.

"[It was] used back in the early 1920s and 1930s for when people used to go to the barber rather than a dentist to have their tooth pulled."

All-in-all, their DIY experiment cost the pair just $10 - that's $175 cheaper than the treatment being offered by the dentist.

While much cheaper, the procedure didn't look particularly comfortable, although Karen didn't seem too fussed.

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She said: "Pain only lasts a short time but saving that money lasts so much longer

"Even if I won the lottery today, I wouldn't change."

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Topics: News, Teeth, US News, dentist

Jess Hardiman
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