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Man yanks out two teeth with rusty pliers after he couldn’t book dentist appointment

A desperate man resorted to yanking two of his own teeth out after being unable to book a dentist appointment.

Chris Savage performed the self-dentistry in his bedroom because he could not register with a dentist or book an emergency appointment, saying it was the ‘most horrible thing I’ve ever done.’

The 42 year old said he had been in ‘agony’ for days, saying that just touching the tooth with his rusty pair of pliers set off waves of ‘agonising pain.’

The labourer admitted he had to get ‘very drunk’ by downing eight cans of Stella Artois to mask the pain before he pulled out the first tooth. He then waited another 24 hours to pull the second out – this time sober.

Chris said he was in ‘agony’ for days

Mr Savage, from Southsea in Portsmouth, said: “I ended up having to get very drunk the first time.

“Nobody wants to take part of their own face away with a set of pliers and no real painkillers.

“I put the pliers on my tooth and the second I did that it hurt.

“So I took them away, waited five minutes, built up again and then thought I’ve just got to do it.

Chris used a rusty set of pliers to take the teeth out

“It was a proper yank, a grip and pull – there’s no mucking about once you get to the point it’s started coming out.”

Mr Savage added that though there wasn’t much blood there was ‘enough to be scary’, and that it was ‘worth the risk of infection’.

The father of three didn’t register with an NHS dentist when he moved to Portsmouth from Alton, Hants, three years ago.

The teeth Chris pulled out himself

He lost his two front teeth in a bicycle crash last year, and when he began to experience pain recently he called around 20 dental practices, none of whom were taking on new patients.

He then phoned 111, who directed him to a practice that had volunteered to do triage appointments during the pandemic to help the NHS, but was referred back to 111 when he contacted them.

“It was like a massive game of pass the parcel”, he said.

Mr Savage signed up to receive Universal Credit during lockdown, leaving him with £50 a week for food and bills, meaning he was reluctant to spend the £100 per tooth it would have cost him to have them removed privately.

Chris lost his two front teeth in a bicycle crash last year

He said: “I could’ve waited a week – borrowed money, and had it done in hygienic conditions but there was no way I could’ve waited.

“Hygiene wasn’t going through my head, it was just ‘get this out’ – but the relief was worth it.

“The squelch noise as you pull

Man who couldn’t see a dentist pulls out own teeth

  • Chris Savage, 42, pulled out two of his own teeth at home in Southsea last week
  • Labourer lost his income during lockdown and couldn’t get a dental appointment
  • Portsmouth South MP called Mr Savage’s case ‘another example of the sad consequences of the Government failing to provide service levels required’ 

A labourer who lost his income during lockdown pulled out two of his own teeth with pliers and downed eight cans of Stella Artois to numb the pain because he couldn’t get a dental appointment due to the coronavirus crisis.

Chris Savage, 42, resorted to yanking two of his own teeth out in his bedroom because he couldn’t register with a dentist or book an emergency appointment, calling last Thursday’s procedure ‘the most horrible thing I’ve ever done’.

He said he had been in ‘agony’ for days, and revealed that just touching the tooth with his rusty pair of pliers set off waves of ‘agonising pain’.

The labourer, from Southsea in Portsmouth, Hampshire, admitted to getting ‘very drunk’ beforehand by downing eight cans of Stella Artois to mask the pain before he pulled out the first tooth. He then waited a day before pulling out the second tooth.

His case has now been raised with the NHS by a health watchdog who said Mr Savage has been ‘severely let down’ by services in the city.

He said: ‘I ended up having to get very drunk the first time. Nobody wants to take part of their own face away with a set of pliers and no real painkillers.

‘I put the pliers on my tooth and the second I did that it hurt. So I took them away, waited five minutes, built up again and then thought I’ve just got to do it.

Chris Savage, 42, resorted to yanking two of his own teeth out in his bedroom because he couldn’t register with a dentist or book an emergency appointment
The labourer said he had been in ‘agony’ for days, and revealed that just touching the tooth with his rusty pair of pliers set off waves of ‘agonising pain’

‘It was a proper yank, a grip and pull — there’s no mucking about once you get to the point it’s started coming out.’

Mr Savage added that though there wasn’t much blood there was ‘enough to be scary’, and that it was ‘worth the risk of infection’.

The father-of-three didn’t register with an NHS dentist when he moved to Portsmouth from Alton three years ago. He lost his two front teeth in a bicycle crash last year, and when he began to experience pain recently he called around 20 dental practices, none of whom were taking on new patients.

He then phoned 111, who directed him to a practice that had volunteered to do triage appointments during the pandemic to help the NHS, but was referred back to 111 when he contacted them.

‘It was like a massive game of pass the parcel’, he said.

Mr Savage signed up to receive

Dentist Fortitude Valley, Precision Dental, Offers General and Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions in a Caring and Friendly Environment in QLD – Press Release

Dentist Fortitude Valley, Precision Dental, Offers General and Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions in a Caring and Friendly Environment in QLD

Fortitude Valley, QLD – Not every dentist is the same. There are those that will only be concerned about providing treatment while there are others that will go above and beyond in ensuring that patients are feeling comfortable. Precision Dental is a modern dental practice that is based at the heart of Brisbane servicing Fortitude Valley and is committed to high-quality dental care. The practice provides both general and cosmetic dental treatment for the whole family.

“Our ultra-modern practice is conveniently located in HQ Towers which offer free onsite parking for the duration of treatment. Emergency appointments are available throughout the day and Saturday appointments can be arranged. We are equipped with the latest generation of equipment and pride ourselves in providing thorough dental treatment that is tailored to individual needs and goals.” Said Dr Billy Choi, the spokesperson for the clinic, regarding their unrivalled services.

The dental practice was founded on three key principles including honesty, patient comfort, and quality. Every member of the staff will ensure that patients are comfortable right from the moment they walk in their office. The clinic uses the latest generation of quiet equipment to ensure that dental visits are enjoyable. Some of the tools that can be found in the treatment room to make patients relax include:


Parents can rest easy knowing that the clinic offers children’s dental emergency treatments. Children have high energy and are always going to be susceptible to dental emergencies. The dentists have knowledge in dealing with such unexpected events and will ensure that children are not experiencing discomfort a minute longer. The practice applies advanced skills in dentistry and state-of-the-art equipment to overcome dental emergencies.

The clinic also aims at being the leading cosmetic dentistry treatment provider in Fortitude Valley, one smile at a time. The treatment options are tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient. A good dentist Fortitude Valley is one that will start by assessing the individual needs of the patient before coming up with a course of action and this is exactly what you get when you reach out to Precision Dental. Getting a smile makeover will help in maintaining a youthful appearance and also boosts the self-confidence of a person. Patients can enjoy all of these benefits by booking a dental appointment with Precision Dental at their own convenient time.

The clinic also believes in providing education to patients because good dental care requires a holistic approach. The clinic believes that a dentist should be a partner when it comes to the wellbeing of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Precision Dental provides patients with both basic and advanced information so that they’re establishing a consistent and reliable oral care routine. It is also easy for patients to book an appointment when they visit their website.

Precision Dental is located at S13, HQ South Tower, 520 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006. For enquiries regarding the top-rated dentist Fortitude Valley and the services offered, contact their team by calling (07) 3852 1160

Porter dentist offers free oral cancer screenings for firefighters

As a thank you to local first responders, Porter Family Dentistry is offering free oral cancer screenings to firefighters in Montgomery County for the next several weeks.

The screenings will be held on Fridays when the office is usually closed so that firefighters don’t have to wait.

In 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health published a multi-year study of cancer rates in firefighters, and the findings showed that firefighters had a higher number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths than the general U.S. population. Among the cancers found in the sample of nearly 30,000 firefighters, those most often found were digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary cancers.

In recent months, firefighters across the country have been traveling to areas, like California, that their help is needed. Dr. Mustafa Yamani of Porter Family Dentistry went to school in California and has fond memories of the nature and beauty of the state.

“It’s such a beautiful place, it’s really sad reading all of the stuff in the news that’s going on there,” Yamani said. “From all around the country they (the firefighters) come together and they provide this service. It’s just amazing what they’re doing and I really appreciate that. I just want to do something for them.”


The generous act of the firefighters inspired him to give back, and since oral cancer screenings are a service his office already offers he decided to give them to firefighters for free.

While this is the first year that the dental office has offered free screenings, Yamani and his wife Sabrina, who is the office manager, plan on making it an annual thing. The trials of 2020 also helped them decide to give back.

“Things seem to be going from bad to worse, to even worse, and it just doesn’t seem to be stopping for our first responders,” Sabrina said. “They’re just being hit with things one after the other.”

Sabrina started by reaching out to fire departments in the east past of Montgomery County to let them know about the opportunity and the response was immediate and positive. Already, the dental office has screenings set up with local firefighters.

Because firefighters are at a higher risk of developing cancer, many departments take an aggressive approach to screenings and check-ups. Early detection is vital. Such is the approach of the East Montgomery County Fire Department where firefighters undergo a National Fire Protection Agency physicals annually.

“It’s huge to us,” Eran Denzler, captain and PIO with the department, said of being able to get the oral screenings for free. “It’s a great show of appreciation for what we do and the risks that we take. Every day we go and put our lives on the line for the community, and for them to give back and worry about our safety is something we’re not used to but it’s much appreciated.”

The department averages around one to two structure fires a week,

Coronavirus UK: Man who couldn’t see a dentist pulls out own teeth

A labourer who lost his income during lockdown pulled out two of his own teeth with pliers and downed eight cans of Stella Artois to numb the pain because he couldn’t get a dental appointment due to the coronavirus crisis.

Chris Savage, 42, resorted to yanking two of his own teeth out in his bedroom because he couldn’t register with a dentist or book an emergency appointment, calling last Thursday’s procedure ‘the most horrible thing I’ve ever done’.

He said he had been in ‘agony’ for days, and revealed that just touching the tooth with his rusty pair of pliers set off waves of ‘agonising pain’.

The labourer, from Southsea in Portsmouth, Hampshire, admitted to getting ‘very drunk’ beforehand by downing eight cans of Stella Artois to mask the pain before he pulled out the first tooth. He then waited a day before pulling out the second tooth.

His case has now been raised with the NHS by a health watchdog who said Mr Savage has been ‘severely let down’ by services in the city.

He said: ‘I ended up having to get very drunk the first time. Nobody wants to take part of their own face away with a set of pliers and no real painkillers.

‘I put the pliers on my tooth and the second I did that it hurt. So I took them away, waited five minutes, built up again and then thought I’ve just got to do it.

Chris Savage, 42, resorted to yanking two of his own teeth out in his bedroom because he couldn't register with a dentist or book an emergency appointment

Chris Savage, 42, resorted to yanking two of his own teeth out in his bedroom because he couldn’t register with a dentist or book an emergency appointment

The labourer said he had been in 'agony' for days, and revealed that just touching the tooth with his rusty pair of pliers set off waves of 'agonising pain'

The labourer said he had been in ‘agony’ for days, and revealed that just touching the tooth with his rusty pair of pliers set off waves of ‘agonising pain’

‘It was a proper yank, a grip and pull — there’s no mucking about once you get to the point it’s started coming out.’

Mr Savage added that though there wasn’t much blood there was ‘enough to be scary’, and that it was ‘worth the risk of infection’.

The father-of-three didn’t register with an NHS dentist when he moved to Portsmouth from Alton three years ago. He lost his two front teeth in a bicycle crash last year, and when he began to experience pain recently he called around 20 dental practices, none of whom were taking on new patients.

He then phoned 111, who directed him to a practice that had volunteered to do triage appointments during the pandemic to help the NHS, but was referred back to 111 when he contacted them.

‘It was like a massive game of pass the parcel’, he said.

Mr Savage signed up to receive Universal Credit during lockdown, leaving him with £50 a week for food and bills, meaning he was reluctant to spend the £100 per tooth it would have cost him to have them removed privately.

He said: ‘I could’ve waited a week — borrowed money, and had it done in hygienic

Portsmouth dad pulled his own teeth out as he couldn’t see dentist

Chris Savage, from Portsmouth, took a pair of pliers to his mouth after local dental practices told him they weren’t taking on any new patients (Picture: Solent News)

A dad who struggled to get a dental appointment during the pandemic had to resort to yanking his own teeth out after downing eight cans of Stella.  

Chris Savage, 42, became desperate after 20 local dental practices told him they weren’t accepting any new NHS patients.

After days in agony he took matters into his own hands but described it as the ‘most horrible thing I’ve ever done.’

Chris, from Southsea, Portsmouth, admitted he had to get ‘very drunk’ by downing eight cans of Stella Artois to mask the pain before he pulled out the first tooth. He then waited another 24 hours to pull the second out – this time sober.

He said: ‘I ended up having to get very drunk the first time. Nobody wants to take part of their own face away with a set of pliers and no real painkillers.

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‘I put the pliers on my tooth and the second I did that it hurt. So I took them away, waited five minutes, built up again and then thought I’ve just got to do it.

‘It was a proper yank, a grip and pull – there’s no mucking about once you get to the point it’s started coming out.’

The father-of-three didn’t register with an NHS dentist when he moved to Portsmouth from Alton, Hampshire, three years ago.

Chris Savage could only perform the emergency surgery on himself after getting drunk (Picture: Portsmouth News/Solent News)

He lost his two front teeth in a bicycle crash last year, and when he began to experience pain recently he called around local practices, none of whom were taking on new patients.

He then phoned 111, who directed him to a practice that had volunteered to do triage appointments during the pandemic to help the NHS, but was referred back to 111 when he contacted them.

‘It was like a massive game of pass the parcel’, he said.

Chris signed up to receive Universal Credit during lockdown after losing work as a self-employed labourer. This left him with £50 a week for food and bills, meaning he was reluctant to spend the £100 per tooth it would have cost him to have them removed privately.

He said: ‘I could’ve waited a week – borrowed money, and had it done in hygienic conditions but there was no way I could’ve waited.

He said it was the ‘most horrible thing I’ve ever done’ (Picture: Portsmouth News/Solent News)

‘Hygiene wasn’t going through my head, it was just “get this out” – but the relief was worth it.

‘The squelch noise as you pull it out is like nothing I’ve ever experienced and I thought “I’ve made a big mistake here”.

‘Then 10 minutes later there was a massive relief, but I couldn’t do that

Russian national arrested for being a ’bogus’ dentist denied bail

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Johannesburg – The bogus dentist who had been operating for two years though he is not registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), has been denied bail.

Vladimir Jovanovic was arrested on Friday at Dr Abram Behr Fait’s dental practice in Dunkeld West Centre on Friday.

This was after it was found he has been practising as a dentist at the practice since 2018 and that Dr Fait had not been practising there from March this year.

Jovanovic appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was denied bail as police are still trying to verify his citizenship.

The HPCSA’s Eric Mphaphuli said it was established Jovanovic was a Russian citizen who grew up in Zimbabwe. As it is, he said, it was not yet known how long he has been in South Africa.

“We are not sure if he has ever been to a dental school but all we know is that he is not registered with the HPCSA,” he said.

Mphaphuli said it was a tip off from the community that led to Jovanovic’s arrest.

He said people who used to visit the dental practice where Jovanovic was arrested where surprised when Fait was no longer there.

Suddenly Jovanovic was the one who took over and they were not sure of who he was and informed the HPCSA..

Fait was not present at the time that Jovanovic was arrested and charged with contravening Section 17(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act, (Act 56 of 1974).

The HPCSA has referred Fait to the Medical and Dental Professions Board to take disciplinary action again him for allegedly employing or allowed an unregistered person to practise at his practice while not registered with Council.

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Hoverboarding dentist gets 12 years in prison for fraud, unlawful dental acts

Close-up photograph of feet on hoverboard on institutional floor.
Enlarge / A man tests out a Hovertrax hoverboard produced by Razor at the International Toy Fair 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany, on January 1, 2017.

The infamous hoverboarding dentist of Alaska has been found guilty of fraud and unlawful dental acts and was sentenced to 12 years in prison this week, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Dentist Seth Lookhart was charged with 42 counts in 2017. Most of the charges related to a scheme to unnecessarily sedate patients or keep them sedated for extended periods of time so that Lookhart could inflate Medicaid billing. Prosecutors found that Lookhart extensively detailed the scheme himself in text messages and raked in nearly $2 million from the unjustified sedation.

But, despite his lucrative sedations, Lookhart is likely best known for being the dentist who, in 2016, pulled a tooth from a sedated patient while wobbling on a wheeled “hoverboard” scooter. The evidence for this transgression again came from Lookhart himself, who had the hoverboard procedure captured on video. Lookhart then shared the video with several people.

In the video—played in court last year and previously reported by Ars—Lookhart is seen standing over a sedated patient, swaying slightly on his hoverboard while extracting a tooth. Once done, he rolls out of the room, strips off his gloves, tosses them, and victoriously throws both hands in the air as he zooms away down a hallway.

Investigators identified the patient as Veronica Wilhelm, who got to confront Lookhart in court. When the prosecutor asked her how she would have responded to the hoverboard riding had she known and not been sedated, Wilhelm responded: “I would’ve said ‘Hell no!’” She also said she was angry that Lookhart sedated her son for a routine teeth cleaning.

“[You] probably could’ve been a really good dentist,” she said in court, directly addressing Lookhart. “I don’t have anything bad to say about taking out my tooth, I appreciate that, but I just think that what you did was outrageous, narcissistic you know, and crazy.”

In January, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton found Lookhart guilty on all counts. He wrote in his ruling that the evidence against Lookhart was “simply overwhelming” and emphasized that the “overwhelming amount of evidence” against Lookhart “was often supported, and often in excruciating detail, by Dr. Lookhart’s own texts, photos, and videos.”

At sentencing this week, Wolverton said he was struck by how dangerous the sedations were for Lookhart’s patients. “In reviewing all this over and over again, I have this visceral response—you darn near killed some people,” he said.

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Dr. Sheetal Sachdeva Dentist Wantirna South Offers General and Dental Implant Services

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Wantirna South, VIC – The quality and appearance of one’s smile can boost the appeal and overall open doors. Many people who sport great smiles understand the importance of professional dentists and the essence of dental healthcare. The team at Dr. Sachdeva’s office understands this too, and as such, offers a comprehensive oral healthcare service. As one of the leading oral health facilities in the area, Dr. Sachdeva is also proud to offer general and dental implant services.

Members of the Wantirna South, VIC community who are interested in getting the best smile and protecting the health of their teeth can rest assured that the dentists at the clinic offer a comprehensive general and preventive dental care and treatment solution that is designed to strengthen the teeth and boost oral health.

As part of the general dentistry services offered at the clinic, members of the community can visit the dentist Wantirna South for dental solutions like comprehensive oral examinations that are focused on ascertaining oral health and establishing the presence of oral conditions early before its spread. The dental team also offers oral surgery procedures to patients who have been diagnosed with dental conditions whose treatment approach requires surgical intervention.

As part of the general dentistry procedures offered at the clinic, patients who suffer from bad breath, also known as halitosis, can visit the dental clinic to meet with the dentists who will get to the root of the condition and recommend effective treatment solutions to address the problem. Those who suffer from dry mouth, sensitive teeth, or those who suffer the pain from impacted wisdom teeth can also visit the clinic for appropriate treatment and care.

The dentist Wantirna South Dr. Sheetal Sachdeva is focused on making sure that all patients that come into the clinic are given the best chances of sporting the best smile and this is evident in the wide array of services offered. Patients who wish for a pain-free dental experience will find access to Sedation dentistry while those who suffer dental problems will find services like root canal treatment, partial dentures, sleep apnea and snoring, sleep dentistry, mouthguards, white fillings, periodontal care and treatment, tooth decay treatment, and tooth extractions.

As part of the dental solutions offered at the dental clinic, those who have lost one or more of their teeth due to dental diseases, physical trauma, age, lifestyle choices, and other factors can enjoy a permanent restorative solution through the dental implant procedure. Dr. Sachdeva’s team will educate each patient on the dental implant procedure while delivering perfect natural-looking teeth to the patient.

Visit Dr. Sheetal Sachdeva Dentist Wantirna South at 287 Stud Road, Wantirna South, VIC 3152, Australia, or call (03) 9800 2338. For more information, send an email to Dr. Sachdeva via or visit their website.

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Friendly Dental Group Named Number One Dentist in Charlotte, North Carolina – Press Release

The American Dental Association recently announced the Friendly Dental Group of Charlotte as the #1 dentist in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Charlotte, NC – October 13, 2020 – The Friendly Dental Group in Charlotte, North Carolina is proud to be named the number one dental practice in Charlotte, North Carolina by the American Dental Association. This prestigious award was given to the Friendly Dental Group in Charlotte after it was judged superior to tens of dental practices in Charlotte.

The American Dental Association (ADA) is a 163,000+ member association that exists to power the profession of dentistry. Formed over 160 years ago, they promote the art and science of dentistry by supporting dental professionals through services like Find-a-Dentist, Third-Party Payer Concierge, credentialing tools, contract review, and much more. Their mission is to ensure all member dentists have what they need when they need it and even before it is needed to help them succeed.

The American Dental Association uses a meticulous process to determine the most outstanding dental practice in each town and state. Throughout the year, respected dental practice is nominated by people of the community. Each candidate’s qualifications are then reviewed and verified. Finally, the association takes an in-depth look at the dentist’s education, experience, staff strength, environment, board certification, professional associations, and awards. They also conduct various surveys and voting to determine the overall position. After these processes, the winner will now be chosen.

After many surveys and voting in 2019 and 2020, the Friendly Dental Group was chosen as the number one dentist in Charlotte. The American Dental Association recognized the practice for its excellence in dentistry based on its outstanding aesthetic results and clinical excellence; advanced technologies; complete patient care and treatment; superior physical environment; commitment and leadership; and excellent management of the practice.

“We are honored to be named the number one dental practice in Charlotte, as it confirms our practice philosophy of delivering the best dentistry possible to our patients. A true dedication to excellence runs through every staff member of our office,” Dr. Ronald Cohen said.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Friendly Dental Group today. They are always eager to use their award-winning skills to give you a stunning smile.

About Friendly Dental Group

Friendly Dental Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing dental practices in the Carolinas with offices throughout North and South Carolina. They offer patients a wide range of dental procedures, including cleanings, whitening, fillings, implants, root canals, crowns, dentures, bridges, periodontics, and veneers, amongst many other dental services. The Friendly Dental Group is committed to providing patients with affordable and high-quality dental care with a smile.

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