Skip to comments.Cabbie Pulls Teeth Out (Socialized Medicine = DIY Dentistry)
Posted on 10/21/2007 8:48:47 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Cabbie pulls teeth out
Oct 20 09:08 AM US/Eastern
A man described how he pulled out seven of his own teeth because he was told to wait for an appointment to see an NHS dentist.
Taxi driver Arthur Haupt used pliers and a technique he had learned in the army to carry out the DIY dentistry.
He said he was forced in agony into taking the drastic action because he was given a three-week wait by staff at his local NHS dental surgery.
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Got a toothache? Why wait six months?
A few shots of whiskey and a pair of visegrips will do the trick!
“DIY op cabbie pulled 6 teeth”
Howard Watkinson, chairman of the local dental committee, said: This is a sad reflection on NHS provision.
He’s lucky they didn’t break when he pulled them.. OUCH!
John Stossel did a 20/20 episode on healthcare, and he talked about the delays in Canada and poor care in Cuba.
Rumor has it that it’s also tough to get a doctor in the UK to remove your gallbladder.
But, but, but...I thought socialist healthcare was the best! What we all need!
After several phone calls, one dentist called back and worked me into his schedule when I had a toothache several years ago. Apparently some are booked solid for months and some have no interest in a new patient. Or should I say customer? But at least I had a chance. This poor cabbie apparently didn’t.
Private Practice British dentistry is quite modern and affordable. The problem is the socialist (= democrat party) mentality that medical/dental care has to be FREE.
Morons, and there are lots of them, would rather pull their own teeth out than pay one penny.
LOL! Well played!
Does showing them pictures of fat Americans work to keep them slim?
‘Does showing them pictures of fat Americans work to keep them slim?’
It has a similar level success as the Simpsons ploy with teeth! :)
Not all dentists do extractions.
My husband needed a tooth extracted. There are 2 oral surgery practices available, 45 minutes away. In one, a surgeon was on vacation, another had left to move elsewhere and a third was recovering from back surgery. In another, 4 had left/retired over the past year and the new guy was booked solid. One local DDS who did extractions had just reupped his enlistment and was closing his local practice. Another has a closed practice and we just didn’t know much about a third, but probably would have tried him if it had become unbearable.
The wait was 2 weeks. He managed it with scrupulous cleansing, avoidance of food with potentially small hard pieces, benzocain gel and NSAIDS.
The cost was really very little: a little over $100 for the extraction and around $35 for a panoramic X-ray. Full recovery took about 4-5 days and I believe he only took 2 or 3 Vicodin in the entire time.
Ping to another NHS failure story.
“used pliers and a technique he had learned in the army to carry out the DIY dentistry. “
Wow, the times do be a changing. When I served in the military proper teeth-plying techniques were not on the menu!
I have to correct myself; I believe it was a broken tooth that was causing mayhem.
Your husband was very blessed. An abcessed tooth could’ve done a number on his organs if the infection had spread. I’ve been blessed myself, when I wasn’t able to get to a dentist in a timely manner. I don’t recommend waiting if it can be avoided.
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