Man with phobia of dentists pulls out his own infected tooth with pliers

A mature student had such a bad phobia of dentists he pulled out his own infected tooth with pliers.

Jamie Ellison, 48, said he carried out the DIY extraction at his home as it “didn’t feel worth making a fuss” over the molar.

He claimed the extraction eased the pain but urged others not to follow his example, Yorkshire Live reports.

The former council officer used pliers and some wooden sticks to pull it out a year ago at his home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

He said: “I used a pair of pliers and a bamboo skewer for leverage. I have a high tolerance to pain and, to be quite honest, it seemed worth it.

"I have been to see so many doctors and dentists it didn't feel worth making a fuss over the tooth. It was loose and on its way out.

“I thought 'sod it' I will take it out myself. People used to take their own teeth out regularly."

He said he now wants to highlight a lack of NHS dentists for patients who cannot afford to go private.

  • Tesco issues urgent recall warning on cheese product – and urges customers not to eat it

Mr Ellison, who is studying for a psychology degree, has suffered from dental problems for many years after smashing his jaw in a fall caused by an epileptic seizure.

A surgeon inserted a metal plate and four screws into his lower jaw to repair the damage caused by the fall.

But it left him with ongoing complications and problems chewing food.

  • Experts identify new coronavirus symptom which could be early sign of Covid

During the last 12 months, he has had problems with the metal plate as well with his teeth.

At the time, he said he wasn't aware of the risks of DIY extractions.

He said: “I didn't realise at the time how dangerous it could be.

“I have seen stories about people who have nearly died. My gum was swollen and I looked like a chipmunk."

He decided to pull out his tooth following a fruitless search for an NHS dentist and admitted he wasn't aware an emergency dentist might have done it for him.

Six months later, he managed to suspend his phobia of hospitals and dentists for a trip to an emergency dentist for a second tooth extraction.

He says he is still looking for an NHS dentist and is still in pain.

Mr Ellison added: “The plate (in my jaw) is exposed and another screw is working its way loose. I am worried. I am gradually watching my jaw fall apart.”

Source: Read Full Article