If we get single payer healthcare in the US, this kind of scene will become much more common:
A BRITISH Gulf War veteran pulled out 13 of his teeth with pliers when he could not find an NHS dentist.
TA soldier Ian Boynton could not afford to go private for treatment after suffering with excruciating toothache since 2006.
So instead he took drastic action and removed them himself.
The 42-year-old, from Beverley, East Yorks, had not had his teeth looked at since seeing the army dentist in 2003.
And he has not registered with a dentist of his own since 2001.
He said: “I’ve tried to get in at 30 dentists over the last eight years but have never been able to find one to take on NHS patients.
“I started having pain in a front tooth, which protruded slightly more than the others. I was constantly fiddling with it and wiggling it because it hurt so much.
“In the end I knew it had to come out and had to use the pliers to pull it.
“Amazingly, it did not hurt as much as you might think. I think I’d been prising it that much in the meantime that I’d been killing the nerve.”