A MAN has revealed how he repaired his broken tooth with a £3.99 kit from Amazon.
Antony Watson, from Bridlington, Yorkshire, said he was forced to fix his own tooth because of a lack of available dentists.
His unusual solution was a DIY dentistry kit that he ordered online for under a fiver.
He told BBC News: "I picked the best one for me, which was probably one of the cheapest but also one of the easiest ones to do, and I thought 'yup, next day delivery, I'll have that."
It allowed him to fix a broken crown which was fitted over 20 years ago.
The kit contained a 20g bag of plastic beads that are used to wedge the tooth in place.
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Antony explained: "You boil a kettle, you put the beads into the water. The beads then go together and go real soft and clear. You then shape it around your tooth and let it cool down.
"With the size of my tooth, it took five beads."
He then used superglue to hold the tooth in.
Despite accidentally gluing his finger in the process, he added that he "wouldn't hesitate" to do it again.
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Antony isn't registered with an NHS dentist and said he "definitely couldn't afford" any private treatment.
He apparently fell off the books of his local dentist after missing "a couple of appointments" several years ago.
Since then, two NHS dentist surgeries have reportedly closed in his local area, leaving residents with just one.
Unfortunately, the single clinic is oversubscribed and not currently taking on new patients.
Meanwhile, another man has taken even more extreme measures in the absence of dental care.
Alex Gray, from Lincolnshire, revealed that he has resorted to pulling out his own teeth using only pliers and painkillers.
He said: "Teeth don't last forever. I can't be the only one who has to take out their own teeth but what else can I do?
"I paid my National Insurance all my working life and I can't see a dentist?"
He claimed he has been unable to find an NHS dentist since moving to the area six years ago.
Instead, whenever a tooth "starts to fall out", he takes painkillers, waits "until it goes numb" and then pulls it out with pliers.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: "We are determined to make sure everybody seeking NHS dental care can receive it when they need it, and we have recently implemented dental reforms to deliver this, with the GP Patient Survey showing over 75% of patients who tried to get a dental appointment in the last two years were successful.
"The number of dentists practising in the NHS increased by over 500 last year and we are continuing work to improve access to dental care – backed by more than £3bn annually."
If you are unable to find a dentist in England, contact NHS England's Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 2233 or search for a local dentist here.
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