Dentists Share Horror Encounters with Disgusting Teeth

5. Pus in the mouth is never a good thing. “Not a dentist, but a dental office manager. We’re used to seeing bombed-out teeth, which cannot… Trista - August 27, 2021

5. Pus in the mouth is never a good thing.

“Not a dentist, but a dental office manager. We’re used to seeing bombed-out teeth, which cannot be saved by root canals or crowns, can usually be addressed with extractions with grafting and implants. So, what can be assumed as a ‘worst’ case is fairly common in this industry? The worst I can think of is advanced pernio disease. Pus coming out of gum tissue if you poke at it, exposed dentin, teeth wiggling around. I don’t care much for the gooey aspect of dentistry, which is why I prefer to stay at the front desk. I did see an unusual case the other day, though. A young girl (pre-adult dentition) came in complaining of pain. She was on vacation with her family and was in town for only a couple of days. We followed protocol and took an x-ray, nothing particularly unusual at first glance.

“So, the doctor advised mom to take her daughter to a dentist ASAP once they get back home to follow up. I called them later to check-in, and mom said on the 10-hour drive back to their home state, the daughter was feeling intense pain in the same area. She had a “tooth within a tooth,” with the interior tooth inside the erupted tooth and being upside down. This is very rare! So, this harbored a pocket for infection to develop, and an abscess formed after we took the x-ray (so my Dr. could not see it at the time). She ultimately had an extraction done and got a flipper until she is old enough to get an implant. The oral surgeon who did it said it was extremely unlikely our office could have caught it because of the way the inner tooth was positioned.”


4. Discovering severe gum disease after a nasty fall.

There’s a reason why dentists emphasize taking care of dental health. Not doing so might result in severe gum diseases, including periodontal disease, bad breath, tooth decay, or trench mouth. A Redditor mdp300 shares his story saying: “A lady comes in, she had just tripped and fallen, and the browns in her front teeth had fallen off. I take a look, and her front four teeth were all connected together with crowns.

“The roots of the two middle teeth were sticking out of the crowns – those whole teeth had fallen out. The other two teeth broke off at the gum line. I look in her chart, and she’s been in every six months for cleanings. At every visit, she’s been told she has severe gum disease and needs treatment or else she’s going to lose all her teeth, but she never did anything because nothing was hurting her.”  Well, the moral of the story is to not only brush your teeth. That is a given. But if you lack in oral hygiene, make sure you are cautious with your clumsiness!


3. Tooth decay can be common, but it is still gross.

The main cause of tooth decay is eating sugary and sticky food and drinks as well. These things weaken the gum and lead to tooth decay. Charliesixx shares a patient story saying: “24-year-old guy. All of his teeth were decayed to the gums except 2 – his lower canines – that still had the retainer bonded to the back of them. The only pieces of enamel left in his mouth were underneath that bonding.

“All that time, effort, and money straightening those teeth… I asked him what he thought contributed to his rapid decay. He replied that he had consumed at least a 2L of Coke a day since he moved out on his own. I spent 12 hours (4 – 3-hour appointments) pulling the 32 roots out of his head so he could get a set of dentures made by some dental students. I will never forget this case because it was also the case that started the chain of events that led to my professor getting fired from the dental school.”


2. The gums swollen over the brackets and bands.

Right after your first braces, your gums may swell due to tightened wires, and as a consequence, you might suffer from gum diseases. A dentist under the name UnicornCumParty at Reddit shares a story saying: “Had a patient come in at age 15 to get braces on and their parent never brought them to another visit after the first one. Years later, the patient shows back up randomly, now age 18, and wants the braces off.

“The parent was in the waiting room screaming and losing their crap, trying to say we could not do anything without their consent, and trying to control their now-adult child. The patient demanded the braces off, and we did it because they were the age of consent. Their teeth were ruined under the braces due to lack of care. Gums swollen over the brackets and bands; one front tooth even crumbled due to decay. We found a large fingernail back in one of the gums. It smelled awful. And while we were working, the parent continued to freak out and had to be escorted out. Wild times. I felt awful for the patient.” 


1. Finally, a great dentist and patient.

A Redditor Select_Wonder5744 shares a story saying: “Getting a wisdom tooth pulled from my lower jaw that had grown in a horizontal position facing forwards. I was preparing myself for an ordeal and had even prepaid for 3 hours of parking beyond my appointment time. I entered the clinic at 8:55 am and was ushered directly to the surgery and chair. My dentist was the clinic’s ‘wisdom tooth guy,’ a big young redhead with a shock of hair, freckles, and paunch. He reminded me of someone you’d sit down and eat 5kg of BBQ ribs with. A happy, cheerful guy. He injected me within Novocaine by about 9 am and started at about 9:10 am.

He informed me that he planned to cut the tooth in half, remove the cap, and hopefully, the root system would slide forward and that I would hear some nasty crunching sounds. I was seriously mentally prepared for a tug-o-war, closed my eyes, and steeled myself. I heard the crunch as he broke the cap off, followed by a moment of silence. Then he asked me to bite down on a cotton pad. I thought, ‘OK, part 1 wasn’t so bad,’ and opened my eyes. He said something like, we’ll just leave that for a moment for the bleeding to stop, and I realized it was over. I mumbled, ‘is that it?’ to which he said yes, and I couldn’t hold back a laugh. A few minutes later, he changed the pad, wrote a prescription for painkillers, and I was let go. I paid at the front desk and walked back to my car.”