Video Shows Husband Pulling Out His Wife's Tooth With Some Pliers
WARNING: Don't watch this video unless you're cool with seeing someone's tooth get pulled straight out of their head
As we've mentioned in other stories of this ilk, we strongly recommend that you don't try something like this at home. There's a load of stuff that can go wrong, things can get infected, and it's generally really dangerous.
However, this is exactly what 71-year-old Paul Cutting did to his wife, Karen.
Basically, Karen - who is profoundly deaf - couldn't get an appointment at the dentist because all routine NHS and private dental appointments have been cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.
With that in mind, Mr Cutting decided to take matters into his own hands after seeing the amount of pain that his 56-year-old wife was in.
The Canvey Island resident was told that his wife's condition was not severe enough to merit an emergency referral, and he believes that this nuclear option was his only recourse after that.
He explained: "It was a desperation move - we couldn't get an emergency dentist appointment and I didn't want to take Karen to hospital.
"It would be like putting your head in the lion's mouth.
"I could see how much pain she was in. Painkillers weren't touching it and she couldn't eat.
"After a few sleepless nights, she asked me to take it out.
"It was a little bit loose, so I told her I could do it as long as she could stand the pain."
Paul performed the unorthodox emergency procedure with the help of their housemate Janet and using a few alcoholic drinks as an anaesthetic.
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He continued: "I gave Karen a couple of rum and cokes, rubbed clove oil all over and pulled it out.
"I was quite shocked it came out with one yank - it was like a Brazil nut.
"Her face was swollen but it went down after a couple of hours.
"She's been fine ever since."
However, he did say that he wouldn't recommend the procedure be attempted by anyone else. That's a sentiment that we'd echo, if you've not read above.
Paul has actually performed this particular surgery on himself in the past, but only because he's terrified of the dentists.
He said: "I did exactly the same thing once, so I knew how Karen would feel.
"I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else unless it was needs must. I certainly wouldn't do it to anyone else but I could see how much pain she was in."
The British Dental Association has also warned against taking matters into your own hands at the minute, but whilst NHS England is rolling out dental urgent care centres, there are still concerns due to PPE shortages, and the BDA says a third of sites are closed.
BDA Chairman Mick Armstrong said: "In many areas PPE shortages are preventing an urgent care system getting off the ground.
"Staff lack vital protection, and it's left our patients with few options.
"Until officials sort this out it's inevitable we'll see more people reaching for the pliers."
A spokesperson for the NHS said: "All dental practices were asked to work with regional teams to set up Urgent Dental Care hubs and more than 200 of these hubs are already open so people can get the dental care they need."
Featured Image Credit: John Siddle