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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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