Man Performs At-Home Dentistry on 'Extreme Cheapskates'


Well, this is truly extreme. A man whose wife doesn't want to shell out cash for a root canal attempts to pull his wife’s tooth out in tonight's episode of TLC's Extreme Cheapskates.

Grant Hearn, who prepped by studying dentistry on YouTube, says, "I don't like the idea of pulling my wife's teeth out. What if I pull the wrong one or something, you know? My wife threatened to take her own tooth out, so this needs to be taken care of."

"I'm going to use Benzocaine to numb up my gums so that when my husband pulls my tooth, I won't feel anything," Karen Hearn explained optimistically.

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She displays a discolored and rusty pair of pliers and says, "The extraction will actually take place using this barber's tool. We found it at a yard sale. [It was] used back in the early 1920s and 1930s for when people used to go to the barber, rather than a dentist, to have their tooth pulled."

The story keeps getting more unreal, as Grant shows off a homemade mouth-suction device that he made using a bendy straw, duct tape, and the family vacuum cleaner. He then proceeds to dip the dirty pliers in cola to remove the rust, and then pours rubbing alcohol over it for sterilization.

The couple stands to save $175 by doing the at-home method, as it's only costing them $10 vs. the $185 they'd have to pay a dentist.

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As they start the procedure, Grant asks Karen, "Nervous?"

"A little," Karen replies. "But I know I'm in good hands."

Watch to see what happens next and tune in to two back-to-back episodes of Extreme Cheapskates tonight at 9/8c on TLC for the full gory details.