Created By: mr3urious on June 7, 2011

Tooth Hurty


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Just like with eyes, fingers, and testicles, teeth are an extremely sensitive part of us that we can't bear to see get broken or pulled out, whether our own or other people's. Just like with fingers, we have so many of them, giving us so many ways to feel the pain (even worse if a Depraved Dentist is involved). However, someone may pull a tooth for a good reason, i.e., it gives them so much pain.

The title is a play on a classic, albeit lame, joke: What time do you go to the dentist? Answer: 2:30 (Tooth Hurty).

Keep in mind that this is about teeth getting hurt or removed in other ways other than getting knocked out in a fight. There already exists a separate trope for that.


  • In Cast Away, Chuck is having a problem with his tooth in the beginning of the film, which gets worse once he becomes stranded on an island. Eventually, he knocks it out with an ice skate found on one of the packages washed ashore, but passes out from the immense pain.
  • I Spit on Your Grave also features a scene of this.

Live-Action TV
  • On Malcolm in the Middle, Hal hurts his tooth while eating some snacks during a poker game, and one of his friends who works as a dentist treats it. However, after getting a huge bill (when he assumed it would be free because the friend said something along the lines of "I'll take care of it"), Hal eventually rips out his tooth as protest, but passes out.

Western Animation
  • This plays a part in a Rugrats episode, where Angelica is trying to pull one of Chuckie's teeth out for tooth fairy money.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • June 7, 2011
    Me yesterday when I banged them. :P
  • June 7, 2011
    In Julie Doucet's My Most Secret Desire, she recounts a dream in which her teeth were falling out.
  • June 7, 2011
    • Dune, where one character forcibly removes a tooth from another character and installs a fake tooth. It's not done for torture purposes, but it's obviously excruciating.
  • June 7, 2011
    I made a YKTTW about methods used to removing loose teeth, but I had to scrap that.
  • June 7, 2011
    We don't have this? I could swear we did.
  • June 7, 2011
    I could have sworn this had been YKTTW'd at least twice, as Tooth Trauma and Teeth Terror, or something along those lines, but I can't seem to find the YKTTWs or any trope pages. Maybe this one can actually get launched?

    • In Moon, Sam starts losing his teeth (and vomiting blood) as his short-lived clone body breaks down.
  • June 7, 2011
    Title suggestion: The Tooth Hurts

    More grammatically correct, and a better pun.
  • June 8, 2011
    • The Pink Panther Strikes Again. The Big Bad (former Chief Inspector Dreyfus) gets a bad toothache and sends for a dentist. Clouseau pretends to be the dentist and performs dental malpractice on Dreyfus.
    Dreyfus: He has pulled the wrong tooth! There's only one man who would pull the wrong tooth. It's Clouseau! Kill him! Kill him!

    • Tom Sawyer. Tom has a toothache and his aunt Polly decides the tooth has to come out. She ties one end of a string to the tooth and the other end to a bedpost, then frightens Tom with a hot coal. When Tom jerks away, the string yanks out the tooth.

    You can find more examples here: it's a Google search for the word "toothache" on this Wiki. An example from it:

    • Stanislaw Lem's short story "Highest Possible Level of Development" in The Cyberiad had a drug, Altruzine, that caused tele-empathy. A man with a toothache has the painful tooth ripped out by nearby people who don't want to feel his pain.
  • June 8, 2011
    This plays a part in the Dick King Smith children's book The Stray, since the main character has a fear of dentists but starts developing tooth pains part way through the book.
  • June 8, 2011
    Wow, I like the new title! Thanks, Specialist! :)
  • June 8, 2011
    There was a scene in Finding Nemo where the dentist was trying to remove the prime minister's tooth. When Nigel the pelican runs into the window, the noise startles the dentist so much that he forcefully pulls out the bad tooth, putting the prime minister in a lot of pain.
  • June 8, 2011
    • In the Phineas And Ferb episode "Bubble Boys", during Dr. Doofenshmirtz's attempt at country western singing:
      Audience Member: This stinks so bad I wanna break somethin'!
      (He grinds his teeth together and they shatter with the sound of glass breaking.)
      Audience Member: ... Yeah, that really wasn't worth it.
  • June 9, 2011
    One story by Wilhelm Busch. Hilarity Ensues (well, for the reader). You can read it online here (in German)
  • June 9, 2011
    One of the the methods of the Sadistic Dentist of Asian Persuasion from Alias.
  • June 9, 2011
    The video of Green Day's "Geek Stink Breath" has scenes of a very graphic dental surgery.
  • June 9, 2011
    Dexters Laboratory: One episode of the SUPERFRIENDS parody has them trying to avoid the dentist from fear of this. It's subverted: Krunk, the Hulk Captain Ersatz, only got a tortilla chip in his tooth, which just needed a simple, painless extraction, compared to all the idiotic stuff the leader tries to do to his tooth. An Aesop: Go to the dentist, or it'll hurt MORE.
  • June 10, 2011
    Well, since it looks like the previous attempts were never launched:

    Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Berenice" is about a young man with a tendency to go into trance states where he can't remember his actions afterward and a growing obsession with the teeth of his cousin/fiancee Berenice. Eventually he wakes up from one such state surrounded by bloody dental implements and holding a box full of Berenice's teeth.