Dentists Share The Most Horrifying Things They’ve Ever Seen At Work

Posted by Muk Khatri in Confessions On 19th December 2016
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"Most of my dental horror stories come from one simple category: neglect. For example, tartar and plaque build-up [can be] so severe that it forms a bridge between the teeth (known as a calculus bridge).

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#1 The Neglect

Most of my dental horror stories come from one simple category: neglect. For example, tartar and plaque build-up [can be] so severe that it forms a bridge between the teeth (known as a calculus bridge). I've seen teeth just fall out because once the build-up was removed, there was nothing to keep them in place." - Joel Smith, D.D.S.

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#2 Abscess

"One patient of mine had an abscess so big that it spanned the entire half of his jaw. Another patient had one that needed to be drained, and his mouth was flooded with pus when I poked it. It was one of the grossest experiences ever."

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#3 Oops

"When I was doing a routine extraction, my patient's jaw freakishly broke in half. She had to have her mouth wired shut for two months."

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#4 The Boy

"A little boy jumped into the dental chair and was actually excited to have his first trip to the dentist. His parents explained to me that he seemed to be rubbing one side of his mouth a lot with his hands. When I looked inside, I noticed his gums were very swollenand found maggots in the area. After clearing them out, I taught him and his family about proper dental care." - Gary Glassman, D.D.S. Ugh.

#5 The Beard Horror

"During my first gig as a dental assistant, I was helping with a filling when I spotted an ant in our patient's mouth. The dentist and I soon realized that the patient's beard was full of bugs. It took everything we had to play it cool and act like everything was normal."

#6 Dr. Stephanie

"A patient opened her mouth and all that was left of her teeth were black nubs."

#7 One Sneeze

"I've seen a lot in my 20-plus years as a dentist, but the worst case of periodontal disease I've ever seen involved a woman who's teeth were being held in place by her calculus bridge. Once I removed the tartar and plaque, her teeth were practically dangling and literally moved when she breathed. One good sneeze and her front teeth would've been history."

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