->''"We are the ones you should be fearing, come in the night and take your teeth away. Now sew up your mouth and go to sleep, 'cause we'll be there soon to break your heart and spite your face."''
-->--"The Ones" by '''Aesthetic Perfection'''

Just like with [[EyeScream eyes]], [[{{Fingore}} fingers]], [[ImpromptuTracheotomy throats]], [[AgonyOfTheFeet toes]] and [[GroinAttack genitals]], teeth are an extremely sensitive part of us that we [[NightmareFuel can't bear to see get damaged]], whether our own or other people's. Just like with fingers and toes, we have so many of them, giving us so many ways to feel the pain (even worse if a DepravedDentist is involved). However, someone may pull a tooth for a good reason, i.e., it gives them so much pain.

This overlaps with AttackTheMouth if this is done deliberately.

A SisterTrope to TeethFlying (when teeth are knocked out in a fight).


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftdYpFC5Go0 The Cliche Family]] (a parody ad made as an in-house demonstration) shows a little boy brushing his teeth all day, day after day, until they're almost completely worn away.
* It's telling that the slogan for 1-800-DENTIST is "Seriously, it's time."
* Skittles has a rather horrifying commercial featuring a boy with Skittles for teeth, and a girl who ''eats them out of his face'' under the guise of kissing him.
* One anti-smoking commercial features a young man yanking out one of his own teeth with pliers to point out how smoking can damage your gums and teeth.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One episode of ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' centers around King Dedede and Bun/Tuff getting cavities due to not properly brushing their teeth, and both of them are too scared to go to the local doctor. Dedede eventually orders a properly-skilled dentist Demon Beast to fix his tooth for him, though hearing that it doesn't use anesthetic scares him off again. This was, incidentally, [[BannedInChina not dubbed into English]] for quite some time, most likely because many children are scared of the dentist to begin with...
* Anime/SpeedGrapher's DepravedDentist is shown working on one of his patients. The dentist actually has a tooth fetish, working on teeth is erotic for him. And then he starts drilling her teeth. All of them. And he keeps on drilling. He keeps on going until the patient is dead and the entire room is caked in blood.
* Mushibakinman from ''[[{{Franchise/Anpanman}} Sorieke! Anpanman]]''. His main motivation is give people cavities and toothaches, which he does with his spear.
* In Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', the gang are trapped in the massive maw of The High Priestess stand. Jotaro is trapped between the teeth and the rest are in the mouth. Jotaro gets them all out by using Star Platinum break his way out and frees his friends by shattering the teeth. When Polnareff chechks on the stand user after they escape, he finds that all of her teeth are gone too.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Brock hurts his teeth when he mistakes a plastic cake for a real one and bites into it.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Furuta gets a tooth knocked out during a fight with Kaneki. He rolls around screaming before simply putting it back in.
* In ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'', the ColdBloodedTorture session that [[spoiler: Elena's UnderstandingBoyfriend Taizou]] was subjected to included forcibly pulling out some teeth. [[EyeScream Among]] [[FinGore other]] [[EarAche things]].
* ''Manga/HolyCorpseRising'': While starving, Nikola asks an old man for food. The man hands him a rock, and Nikola immediately bites it without thinking and hurts his teeth. The old man says you are supposed to suck on it to relieve hunger pains, but admits he sometimes bites his own rock and reveals his teeth have pretty much been destroyed.

* Vivian Stanshall plays with this trope in one of his comic monologues about the bizarre English eccentrics of Rawlinson End. Arbuthnot Rawlinson tries to cure a toothache by tying a string to the affected tooth and the other end to the inner door of an old-fashioned lift. Unfortunately when the lift ascends it doesn't pull the tooth out, so the frustrated Arbuthnot yanks open the outer door and jumps down the shaft. "Few men," Stanshall informs us, "would have had the intelligence to do that."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/DetectiveComics'' #832, a villain named "Shark" pulls out his own teeth with pliers to plant them as fake evidence of his supposed death by sharks. He mentions that it was ''very'' painful, but he's got ''lots'' of teeth (three rows!).
* Franchise/{{Superman}} once fought the villain Barrage, who uses PoweredArmor that lets him take Superman on. Once Supes notices Barrage's face is unprotected, he shoots him in the teeth with his heat vision, ''melting his fillings'' and letting Supes get close enough to punch him out.
* In ''ComicBook/TimeAndTimeAgain'', the Superman story arc from 1991, Superman gives an attacking dinosaur some dental trauma when he comes to the rescue of the time-trapped villain Chronos and the dinosaur tries to devour Superman with its teeth.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Doctor Octopus pulls out one of Peter's teeth with his tentacle over four panels.
* There's a Marvel Knights special by Creator/GarthEnnis where ThePunisher ambushes a mobster at the dentist's office and proceeds to pull out his teeth one by one for information. The whole story is drawn from the perspective [[{{Squick}} inside the mobster's mouth.]]
* Near the beginning of a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' crossover, a Xenomorph breaks its fangs when it tries to bite Superman. Due to lack of sunlight, Superman's powers start to wane as the story goes on and he can't rely on this tactic anymore.
* In the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story "Dark Justice", Judge Dredd smashes up Judge Death's teeth during a fight. However, since he's a zombie he can't feel pain, so all it does is annoy him.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Particularly {{Squick}}-riddled variation in the ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''-verse, involving a file and application of alcohol.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Iris' Axew is defeated by Red's Clefairy, who proceeds to try and rip out one of his tusks, forcing Iris to jump into the field and throw the fight.
* ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'': Penthesilea tries to bite Neo, who quickly replaces herself with a glass clone. Penthesilea falls over in pain from biting glass.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* There was a scene in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' When Nigel the pelican flies into the dentist's window, the noise startles the dentist so much that he accidentally forcefully pulls out his patient's bad tooth, putting the man in a lot of pain.
-->'''Dentist''': What the--?\\
'''Patient''': '''''AAAAAHHH!'''''\\
'''Dentist''': Well, uh...that's ''one'' way to pull a tooth. (''chuckles'') Well, good thing I pulled the right one, eh, Prime Minister?" (''chuckles'')

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The most disturbing scene of ''Film/{{Bug}}'' (done with pliers, no anesthesia at all and ''lots'' of blood).
* In ''Film/CastAway'', 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 in one of the packages washed ashore, but passes out from the immense pain.
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'' also features a torture scene using this.
* In ''Film/{{Moon}}'', Sam starts losing his teeth (and vomiting blood) [[spoiler:as his short-lived clone body breaks down]].
* In ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'', the BigBad (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!
:: Naturally, because Clouseau botched administering nitrous oxide, both of them are laughing hysterically all through this.
* Also used in a ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' short when Curly gets a toothache.
** A number of Stooge shorts involve teeth being pulled or smashed out, often painfully. It's often the wrong tooth that is yanked, or even the wrong person getting yanked.
* ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''
** In ''Film/Saw3D'', a character learns that the combination to get through a door has been etched on two of his teeth. He must extract them with a pair of locking pliers in order to proceed.
** In an early draft of ''Film/SawIII'', some of the chains holding Troy in place for his trap were hooked through his teeth, requiring him to pull them out if he wanted to free himself. One of the movie's posters displayed three uprooted teeth dangling from wires as the Roman number III.
* In ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'', the protagonist tortures one of his tormentors by performing dental surgery with a claw hammer. Another antagonist does the same to intimidate him, but only gets one tooth.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Erik Lehnsherr uses his powers of magnetism to forcibly extract a Nazi sympathist Swiss banker's metal fillings as an interrogation method.
* The Creator/LaurelAndHardy silent ''Leave 'Em Laughing'' involves Stanley getting a toothache.
* In ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', Andrew, slipping into despair-induced madness, uses his [[MindOverMatter telekinetic powers]] to yank three teeth out of a bully's mouth. For added horror, he later shows off the teeth to his camera, absent-mindedly noting that he was able to get the first one out cleanly, but ended up actually ''breaking'' the other two.
* In ''Film/MarathonMan'', Szell drills into one of Levy's teeth every time he gets an answer he doesn't like.
* In ''Film/{{District 9}}'', Wikus loses two molars [[spoiler:about 40 hours after being exposed to the alien fluid that turns him into a prawn.]] One he loses when chewing food, the other he pulls out himself.
* One of the [[TorturePorn many]] [[FanDisservice unsettling sex scenes]] in ''Film/ASerbianFilm'' involves a woman who has her teeth removed.
* In ''Film/WildThings'', [[spoiler:Suzie Toller]] yanks out one of her own teeth with a pair of pliers in order to fake her death. A scene of her doing this is one of the scenes shown over the closing credits (which fill in the details not shown in the movie).
* This happens a lot in the horror film ''Film/TheDentist'', which is to be expected for a horror flick about a DepravedDentist in general. Toothpulling and grinding for everyone!
* In ''Film/{{Blade}}'', Deacon Frost rips a vampire elder's fangs out of his mouth with pliers before executing him.
* In "Pawn Shop Chronicles", Johnny gets his incisors smashed with a claw-hammer.
* Wade Whitehouse, the main character from the 1997 film ''Film/{{Affliction}}'', suffers from a bad toothache throughout the story. He eventually reaches the point where he pulls out the tooth with pliers.
* ''Film/WorldWarZ''. A CIA agent reveals that North Korea had a GodzillaThreshold method of stopping the ZombieApocalypse. The entire population had their teeth removed. Can't bite someone with no teeth, right?
* In ''Film/TheHangover'', Stu wakes up having the titular condition pounding hard and realizes he's missing a tooth but cannot remember how he lost it. Doubles as a CastingGag since Ed Helms, Stu's actor, is actually missing the same tooth in real life but covers the hole with an implant.
* ''Film/{{Oculus}}'' is filled with a number of horrible things happening to people's mouths. After going insane, the [[spoiler: mother]] destroys her own teeth by chewing pottery shards. When she escapes, she comes after the kids as a slack-lipped, blood-drooling, feral monstrosity. Later, the mirror [[MindScrew Mind Screws]] Kaylie into biting into a lightbulb instead of an apple. She pulls several long shards of glass out of her mouth before [[spoiler: the mirror drops the illusion. It was an apple after all.]]
* The film ''Film/EuropaEuropa'' is about a Jewish boy who survives the Holocaust by joining the Hitler Youth. Yes, it's a true story, by the way. In one scene, Solly learns that he'll have to be fully naked for a physical, which will reveal his circumcised penis and thus expose his Jewish heritage. He immediately fakes a toothache to be taken away and has it pulled; the dentist even notes that the tooth appears quite healthy.
* In ''Film/GoodnightMommy'', [[spoiler:The children remove one of the mother's teeth with dental floss in an effort to convince her to tell them where she did the real mother]].
* One of the (offscreen) torture methods used by H in the movie ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}'' is to drill into Yusuf's teeth until his mouth is a bloody mess.

* In her book ''Literature/MyMostSecretDesire'', JulieDoucet recounts a dream in which her teeth were falling out.
* In ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', 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.
* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'', 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.
* Creator/StanislawLem's short story "Highest Possible Level of Development" in ''Literature/TheCyberiad'' 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. It takes a few tries before they get the right one.
* This plays a part in the Creator/DickKingSmith children's book ''Literature/TheStray'', since the main character has a fear of dentists but starts developing tooth pains partway through the book.
* One story by Creator/WilhelmBusch uses this trope. HilarityEnsues (well, for the reader). [[http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/4182/1 You can read it online here]] (in German).
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe'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 [[KissingCousins cousin/fiancée]] Berenice. Eventually he wakes up from one such state, surrounded by bloody dental implements and holding a box full of Berenice's teeth.
* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', O'Brien rips out one of Winston's teeth with his hand, to show him that he's "rotting away" and "falling to pieces".
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Pia's teeth are bashed in by Gregor Clegane for speaking out of turn, ruining her pretty face. Even more deliberately, [[spoiler:Theon]]'s teeth are destroyed to the point where chewing is nigh impossible because his tormentor didn't like his grin.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Fantine rips out her own teeth with pliers and sells them to raise money the Thénardiers demanded for Cosette.
* In ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'', Han has been captured by the Nightsister Gethzerion, who starts torturing him by using the Force the break every bone in his body. Desperately trying to stall for time for a rescue to arrive, [[InvokedTrope he asks if]] she [[BriarPatching intends to do that to his teeth]]. Gethzerion likes the idea and promptly causes two of his molars to explode.
** Shortly after the [[BigDamnHeroes aforementioned rescue]], Leia gives Han a kiss because she's happy he's still alive. Given the teeth situation, Han's not as happy about this as he would normally be.
* In ''Franchise/{{the Witcher}}'' Saga, Bonhart finally breaks Ciri by showing her a full collection of tools for dentistry and threatening to use them all on her.
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Eternity Code'', Artemis managed to escape an ambush with a well-placed sonic grenade, which had the side effect of blowing out the teeth of everyone who had their mouths closed when the grenade went off. The next time we see the big bad, he is griping about the increase to his company's dental insurance premiums. His henchman, one of the now-toothless, comes back with a specially-made set of dentures that basicaly turn him into Jaws (the Bond guy, not the fish).
* In ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'', Glokta had many of his teeth pulled out by torturers, and often pulls teeth himself, or threatens to.
* Miranda, in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'', loses all of her teeth transforming into a bird. The roots are reabsorbed and they just come out without blood - the [[PainfulTransformation painful]] aspects of her transformation don't involve this. She tries to seem cool about it to avoid upsetting her friend.
* In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Teatime punches [[DumbMuscle Banjo Lilywhite]] in the face so hard that Banjo loses a tooth. [[spoiler: This is all part of Teatime's plot to sneak into the realm of the Tooth Fairy and use sympathetic magic to make children stop believing in [[SantaClaus the Hogfather]].]]
* In Creator/AnnieProulx's novel ''Barkskins'', indentured servant Charles Duquet suffers a toothache and his employer Trepagny pulls the tooth. When Duquet gets a second toothache, Trepagny takes it upon himself to remove '''all''' Duquet's teeth. Duquet runs away and becomes a trader, but he remains entirely toothless until he can get molds done in China.
* [[MadScientist Doctor Benway]] in ''NakedLunch'' goes on about a device he created called the "Switchboard", in which a victim has drills attached to his teeth. The drills turn on whenever the victim makes a mistake in responding to a pattern of colored lights and bells. He remarks that half an hour is usually all the time a victim lasts before breaking down.
* ''Literature/{{Firstborn}}'': [[spoiler:Blue Boy]] loses one of his incisors near the end of the book. [[spoiler:He was caught by humans and rammed himself against his cage doors hard enough to lose a tooth]]. Losing a tooth can be dangerous for a wolf but luckily the wolves in the book know some things about medicine. [[spoiler:Blue Boy]] is left out of commission for a few days and must eat pre-chewed meat, but he ultimately recovers.
* In the second Literature/PhoenixForce novel ''Guerilla Games'', a hostage spits in the face of a terrorist leader. He has her strapped to a table and starts removing every second tooth with pliers, alternating so the top and bottom rows don't match up.
* In the book Wildwood Boys by James Carlos Blake , one dentist done something for three hours with Quantrill. And Quantrill is really drunk and quite afraid to go to that dentist again. Quantrill, who literally never afraid of anything or anyone.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'', Superboy is attacked by a vampire (since Kryptonians are vulnerable to magic, vampires can harm him). When the vampire tries to bite his neck, he holds up a metal pipe and the vampire bites it instead, screaming in agony.
* One of the methods of the [[FanNickname Sadistic Dentist of Asian Persuasion]] from ''Series/{{Alias}}''.
* In the third season of ''Series/TheAmericans'', Elizabeth hurts a tooth while in a fight, and when the pain becomes to much to bear, Phillip ends up pulling it out (they can't go to a regular dentist for fear of capture).
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', as part of a IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten proof of Chuck being a [[ColdBloodedTorture cold-blooded torturer]], he is forced to torture Casey. He extracts a tooth to extract information. [[spoiler:As it turns out, Casey needed that tooth pulled anyway and thanked Chuck for saving him a trip to the dentist.]]
* On ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' When Mac and Charlie attempt to fake their own deaths they decide to leave some teeth behind in a destroyed car so that there's something to identify them by. Mac takes a pair of pliers to Charlie's mouth and the tooth just comes right out, to the surprise of both of them. Charlie then continues to casually pull his own teeth out (with just his fingers) to his own amusement.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': In "Long in the Tooth", a former mob accountant turned dentist snaps when confronted by a rude client and yanks out two of his teeth without anesthetic.
* On ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', 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. He spends the rest of the episode swallowing his food whole.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Al Bundy's teeth are so disgusting and yellowed even a dentist is appalled at the look of them.
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Charles Winchester suffering from this.
* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', the title character was confronted with a security guard while going to a rock-concert with a few of her friends, when the guard couldn't let them in, Sabrina casts a spell which causes his teeth to fall out, the guard notices it and runs off, he is never mentioned again, which also makes him a VictimizedBystander.
* ''Series/SanfordAndSon'': Fred Sanford]] once went to great pains to avoid the dentist when troubled with a bad tooth, even specifically requesting a black dentist to treat it.
* Happened to Adam Carter of ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' during a mission in the former Yugoslavia before the start of the series. He was captured by a Serbian paramilitary and tortured with a dental drill.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Malleus Maleficarum", a witch uses magic to make a woman's teeth fall out. An episode earlier, Dean narrowly escaped having a tooth pulled out as part of a pagan ritual. Another episode had the shapeshifter shed his skin and loose teeth in the process while new ones grew in.
* One of the regular sketches on ''TurkeyTV'' was "Dental Nightmares", featuring a DepravedDentist willing to pull all of a patient's teeth out in response to the smallest dental problem. Some of these he even causes.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. CIA hitman John Reese is sent to kill a supposed traitor, but finds out he's only being killed because YouKnowTooMuch. Reese gives him a ticket to Canada and says he will fake his death, then takes out some pliers.
-->'''Reese:''' One more thing. Boss is gonna need proof of death. Couple of molars should do it. Care to do the honors?
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', it's mentioned that at the time of his AccidentalMarriage to Joy, Earl was 3 weeks into a relationship with a woman named Jessie. Since he felt guilty, he avoided Jessie for days, and during this time, Joy found the Music/{{Metallica}} tickets that Jessie had gotten for her and Earl's 3-week anniversary, assuming that Earl had purchased them for his and Joy's honeymoon. Since Earl figured that what was done was done, he went to the concert with Joy, and met up with Jessie again at the Crab Shack afterwards. Jessie wondered what was going on, and Joy showed her their wedding rings. Jessie angrily questions, "You married this...whore?" and Joy punches out her two front teeth. Six years later, Joy gets a bounty on her head for failing to appear in traffic court following a NoodleIncident wherein her car got stuck in reverse. Jessie becomes a bounty hunter in order to exact revenge on Joy for a) stealing her boyfriend and b) knocking out her two front teeth. [[spoiler: During their CatFight, it's shown that while Jessie learned to fight, she didn't learn to fight ''dirty'' the way Joy did, and Joy knocks out Jessie's gold fake teeth, which she then tells Earl to melt down for her bail money.]]
* In ''Series/ChannelZero: Candle Cove'', children who are [[TheCorruption affected]] by ''[[ShowWithinAShow Candle Cove]]'' tend to lose teeth [[spoiler: which seem to be absorbed by the [[HumanoidAbomination Tooth Child]]]]. It's later revealed that they remove the teeth themselves as a "toll" for "entering Candle Cove".
** In Episode 5, [[spoiler: Mike starts growing an extra tooth out of his gums, which was the only way to tell him and his dead twin Eddie apart, as a prelude to Eddie's spirit pulling GrandTheftMe on him. To try and stop this, he ''rips it out with pliers''.]]
* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' Episode 5, Jessica punches Kilgrave in the face while he's knocked out by the anesthetic. When Kilgrave wakes up, he feels around the bruise, then pulls out a broken tooth. With his bare hands. And then he ''smiles.''
* In ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', certified Manly Man Ron Swanson nonchalantly yanks out a sore tooth with pliers in the middle of a meeting, prompting horrified screams from onlookers.
--> '''Ron:''' ''[AsideComment]'' Dennis pulled the tooth out yesterday, but it's always a good idea to [[InvokedTrope demonstrate]] to your coworkers that you are capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of pain. Plus, it's always fun to see Tom faint. ''[Giggles]''
* Season 4 of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' features a couple of appearances by a TortureTechnician called "the Dentist" for his speciality of drilling into people's teeth to inflict the maximum amount of pain possible.
* An episode of ''Series/UltramanTaro'' titled "The Monster's Cavity Hurts!" dealt with a SeaMonster named Sheltar going on a rampage from an agonizing toothache caused by ZAT firing a missile that gets stuck in its teeth. ZAT, [[FailureHero being ZAT]], make things worse when they try to remove the problem tooth, ''only to pull out the wrong one''.

* The subject of "The Interfaith Dental Clinic" story Townes van Zandt tells on the album ''Together at the Bluebird Cafe''.
* The Ones by ''Aesthetic Perfection'' is about a man haunted by teeth stealing monsters.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The video of Music/GreenDay's "Geek Stink Breath" has scenes of a very gruesome dental surgery.

[[folder: Myth and Legend]]
* The ''passio'' of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Apollonia Saint Apollonia]] has her getting her teeth forcibly pulled out. Unsurprisingly, she is the PatronSaint of dentists.

* In the Literature/BookOfProverbs from ''Literature/TheBible'', it says that unfaithfulness in a friend in a time of need is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint.

* The Play-Doh Dr. Drill and Fill playset lets the kids fill, drill or extract their plastic patient's teeth.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': One mission has Trevor engaged in ColdBloodedTorture of a suspected terrorist, one of the possible implements the player can choose is a set of pliers. The tooth gets ripped out by waggling the analog stick. In fact, the mission parameter for selecting and using the pliers in this way as part of the mission is given the same name as this trope.
* Peacock's backstory in ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' involves, among other [[EyeScream gruesome]] [[AnArmAndALeg things]], her having all her teeth pulled by slave-traders. She has a replacement set of chompers in the form of a mini-[[BearTrap bear trap]] now, though.
* VideoGame/SurgeonSimulator2013: The tooth replacement surgery consists of the player drilling or smashing out the patient's teeth, then awkwardly jamming in new ones at incorrect angles. Among possible tools are a bone saw and a hammer.
* The Soldier is on the receiving end of this in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comics, where holes are drilled into his teeth by [[spoiler: the VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic Pyro]], for no other reason than simple sadism. After he's freed, his hand gets broken, and he [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction cheerfully]] remarks:
-->'''The Soldier:''' Normally that is excruciating. Luckily all my body's pain receptors are busy in my mouth right now.
* ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'' has Matt suffer from this in one of his potential death scenes. [[spoiler: Specifically, if he attempts to save Emily from the fire tower. He fails and is forced to jump to safety at the last second, which leads to him being dragged off by a Wendigo and impaled on a hook which knocks out one of his teeth.]]
* The Octomaw from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' has to have its teeth shot out, both to [[SwallowedWhole keep the player]] [[OneHitKill from being splatted]] and to [[FeedItABomb open it up to assault]].
* If a Heat move is performed with the pliers in some of the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' games, the player character will yank out the poor {{Mook}}'s tooth with it. But only if the Mook isn't trying to attack the player character. If they are, they [[{{Fingore}} have a fingernail yanked out]] instead.
* This is alluded to in ''VideoGame/{{Afterlife}}'', where one of the punishment buildings for generic sin is called "Tooth or Dare".
-->'''Description:''' Dentists, dentists, dentists!
* In the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} game ''VideoGame/PlaqueAttack'', you're a tube of toothpaste trying to shoot down various foodstuffs before they reach your teeth, which, if they do, will rot them into oblivion if not shot down fast enough.

* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[spoiler:Andronicus Valois]] ripped out Jenka's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20170419#.WfZIL4przq4 "luffly fangs."]] She's still pissed about it hundreds of years later.
* Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} has this happen a few times. One of the more notable examples is where [[spoiler:Sollux get most of his [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily fangs]] knocked out when he and Karkat fall down some stairs (while Sollux is unconscious and Karkat is dragging him to flee from a [[MonsterClown murderous juggalo]]). Surprisingly, Sollux revels in the change when he wakes up, because it means he doesn't have to [[FangThpeak lisp anymore]].]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In his review for ''ASimpleWish'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic was [[SarcasmMode nice enough]] to show his EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth being shattered at Mara Wilson's cutesy child acting.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' examples:
** In "Nuttin' but the Tooth", [[SweetTooth Nutty]] goes to a rather unexperienced dentist to get rid of his rotten tooth. Said dentist tries the old-fashioned method of tying one end of a string to the tooth and the other to a doorknob. This procedure ends with Nutty's whole lower jaw being ripped off, with the rotten one being one of the few teeth ''not'' to fall out.
** In "Snow Place To Go", Toothy chips one of his buckteeth trying to open a can of beans. Later on, he's so hungry he tries eating snow, with predictable results.
** They made an entire episode dedicated to this called "An Inconvenient Tooth"
* The CreepyPasta "I Answered That Craigslist Ad" is about a guy hired to pull all of a guys teeth. Part two has him replace all the teeth he pulled last time with metal spikes, and cut off Buddy's nose and ears too. Apparently, his client wants to be a human gecko lizard.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This plays a part in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, where Angelica is trying to pull out one of Chuckie's teeth for tooth fairy money.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'''s episode "Jet Scream", Rocko goes through a metal detector at a local airport and it buzzes every time he walks through no matter what he took out of his pockets. When he finally strips down to his underwear to set aside his shirt and shoes, the metal detector still buzzes and Rocko walks up to the security guard, letting him know he has nothing else to set aside. The security guard then pulls out pliers, and Rocko wears a nervous expression on his face. Cue discretion shot and the sound of Rocko screaming in pain as a tooth is heard being yanked out.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', one episode of the ''Justice Friends'' has them trying to avoid the dentist from fear of this. It's subverted: Krunk, the Hulk CaptainErsatz, only got a tortilla chip in his tooth -- which just needed a simple, painless extraction -- compared to all the idiotic stuff Major Glory tries to do to his tooth. The [[AnAesop Aesop]]: Go to the dentist, or it'll hurt MORE (which is actually a pretty good Aesop).
-->'''Valhallen''': Right, Major Glory?\\
'''Major Glory''': (''getting his teeth cleaned with a scrapper'') RI-I-I-G-H-I-I-I-TTT!!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "The Cutie Pox", Apple Bloom trips over a root and chips a tooth. Fortunately, Zecora has the skill to prepare a dentistry potion.
** In "Mare in the Moon", Nightmare Moon did not have fangs. In an animatic clip showing a flashback to when she first became Nightmare Moon, she does.
** In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", Pinkie Pie breaks her teeth trying to eat Gilda's poorly made scones. Since Pinkie runs on ToonPhysics, she's fine in the next scene.
** In "A Royal Problem", Luna suffers from the classic "teeth falling out" nightmare, brought on by her failure to smile properly for the camera at a school fundraiser earlier that same day.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TennesseeTuxedoAndHisTales'', [[TheDitz Chumley]] got rather destructive in his pain-induced rage. Yet even after encouragement from the ever-informative Mr. Whoopie, he was hardly willing to see a dentist.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', Fozzie's tooth pain got him sent to the dentist. The rest of the gang shared his fear and felt for him.
* OlderThanTelevision example: In ''WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid'' Bosko's dog Bruno ate too many brownies. The visual metaphor didn't help matters.
* An extra gruesome episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' [[GrossUpCloseUp showed]] why it pays to brush teeth.
** During Stimpy's transformation in "I Was a Teenage Stimpy", his baby teeth fall out, and ugly "adult" teeth grow out of the tooth holes.
* Many MGM and Warner Bros. cartoons show a hungry predator unwittingly biting down on something hard they think is food or prey and smashing out all their teeth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Moor's Baby", one of Lord Balthazar's goons has a tooth that's hurting.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Dreamscaperers" has Bill Cipher, the pyramid guy summoned by Gideon, tear out the teeth of a deer and hand them to him. He later puts them back. Thankfully, the deer didn't feel a thing since he froze time.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' episode "Dan Vs. The Telemarketer" has Dan being tormented by the man who stole his identity in "Dan Vs. Dan" (a friendlier, [[{{Doppelganger}} Bizarro]] version of Dan), eventually leading to him transmitting messages in his head through a special dental filling. Elise eventually has to yank it out, commenting that Dan's teeth are in such bad shape that they're like eggshells.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Louise is discovered to have a cavity that causes her tremendous pain, forcing her to run away to her aunt Gail's house due to her crippling fear of the dentist.
* King Pig gets a rotten tooth in the ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' episode "Tooth Royal", forcing the Minion Pigs to try all the means of yanking it out. When those don't work, they force him to get beat up by the Birds, who do indeed knock it out... [[GoneHorriblyRight along with the rest of his teeth]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kissyfur}}'': Gus has a toothache one day and needs to remove a tooth to stop the pain.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "All About Steve", Stan grinds his teeth whenever he's stressed. He eventually breaks his teeth when he grinds too hard, and he is forced to wear braces.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** In "Go Stewie Go", Meg rips out her own tooth and throws it at Lois.
** In "Brian the Closer", Peter's attempts to get Brian to stop chewing on a rope end with Brian being sent flying into a fire hydrant and breaking his teeth. He ends up getting a dental operation for a new set of teeth...[[spoiler: and he gets ''those'' teeth knocked out by Quagmire at the end.]]
-->'''Brian''': [[OhCrap MY TEETH!!!]]\\
'''Peter''' (Cringing after seeing Brian's "flacid" face): Oh, man! [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone I'm really sorry about your mouth, Brian!]]\\
'''Brian''': Damn it, Peter! Why are you thinking? [[WhatTheHellHero It has to be the stupidest thing you've ever done!]]
** Peter and [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer]] simultaneously punch each other while their teeth fly in "The Simpsons Guy"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Barney has a severe aching tooth that needs to be extracted. Fred wants to extract the tooth himself to save money. When that fails, he takes Barney to a veterinarian for less charge. It goes wrong when Barney inhaled too much gas causing him to float.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Crystal Clear", Star hurts her teeth when she tries to eat a crystallized donut.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' episode "Nothing but the Tooth" had Mr. Bumpy suffer a toothache and end up having all of his teeth come out and go on a feeding frenzy when he and Squishington attempted to remove the painful tooth. In the end, Bumpy used toothpaste and a toothbrush to tame his chompers and get them back in his mouth.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' episode "Tooth or Consequences" has Blossom spending the episode dealing with a toothache, and she does all she can to avoid the dentist chair. It simply gets worse for her.
* ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' used this trope in the ''Jamal the Funny Frog'' short "Dentist", where Jamal got a toothache from eating candy and cake for breakfast. He initially dreads going to the dentist, but the dentist is able to extract his decayed tooth harmlessly and subsequently repair the tooth and put it back into Jamal's mouth when he can't bear to part with it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Pulling a tooth before it's completely loose hurts, as hundreds of screaming children attest.
** Nowadays, injecting the anesthetic is the hurty part. Then half your jaw feels "jammed" and you almost don't feel the teeth being pulled. But if your roots are thick, or if your teeth are lodged in there pretty good, and ''especially'' if they're not oriented straight up-and-down, it can hurt ''even if your jaw is pumped full of anesthetic''.
** This is the main reason many people opt to be put under during the actual surgery. However, even afterwards there is pain in the area (usually, pain pills are prescribed), sometimes accompanied by bruised cheeks, sores around the corners of the mouth, or a particularly nasty condition called dry-socket.[[note]]This happens when the blood clot that should fill the socket afterwards falls out, leaving the bone exposed to air. [[/note]]
* Tooth cavities, or worse, tooth ''abscesses''.
* Chipping a tooth, if you lose enough it'll expose the nerve causing all kinds of pain.
* Considerably less severe than the other cases presented, but newly-applied braces can leave one with the entire mouth feeling sore until the teeth get used to the unrelenting tension.
** Not to mention bleeding and possible inability to eat solid food till the soreness goes away.
** And in many cases, the soreness will come back every time you get the braces tightened, until you've had them on long enough and had them adjusted enough times that your mouth becomes used to the routine.
** There's also the problem with cuts or sores in your mouth, as braces can be unexpectedly sharp. You can get a type of wax to put on the sharp ends and tracks until they smooth off.
* Sudden heat or cold can be painful, especially if your teeth are more sensitive.
* And it only gets worse in the history books! Imagine being the last guy to get a tooth pulled before the invention of novocaine.
* [[PinPullingTeeth Pulling the pin from a grenade]] with your teeth is never a good idea in real life. It's a great way to break or even yank a tooth out.
* A famous hoax that made it into the news recently consisted of a jilted dentist pulling all her ex-boyfriend's teeth as revenge.
* A German dentist, in an effort to save time, gave his patient ''fourteen'' root canals in one appointment. She later sued because of the excruciating pain she suffered afterward, since he used cognac rather than Novocain or laughing gas.
* Dying nerves. Imagine all the pain of an agitated tooth and then multiply it by triple, and then having it last all day until you manage to get to a dentist so it gets cleaned out... or down enough Advil to kill a horse.
* Actually averted now with root canals: modern medicine has made it so it's more tedious than anything else. Of course, your jaw probably will be sore after holding it open for so long however.
* Among a hundred other brutal but life-saving treatments, Dominique Larrey once had to break the front teeth of a grenadier whose jaw was locked by tetanus in order to feed him with a rubber tube.
* A common French expression for BlatantLies dates from the heroic age of dentistry: "mentir comme un arracheur de dents" (lie like a tooth-ripper).
* Happened to Denise Nickerson who played the gum-chewer Violet in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''. After filming had completed, she wound up with 13 cavities.
* About long as people throughout history has been recording accounts of their dreams, it has been noted that people who are experiencing a period of time where they are feeling intense stress or anxiety (usually when faced with some radical change or new phase in their life) has a much higher tendency to dream of their teeth decaying or falling out.
* Creator/JimCarrey lost a chunk of his front tooth in a childhood biking accident. He usually wears a cap over it, but he takes it off for his role as [[Film/DumbAndDumber Lloyd Christmas]] because it fit the character so perfectly.