When someone says, “It’s like pulling teeth,” they are generally referring to a troublesome task of trying to do something difficult and frustrating.
We have a feeling that this idiom has origins in the early days of dentistry, where anesthetic/anesthesia options were very limited, along with the comprehensive knowledge of dentistry utilized today. There is some truth to this idiom, as dental extraction — a process by which an entire tooth is removed from your jaw — is viewed as a last resort for teeth that can’t be saved because of decay, damage or the possible negative impact on other teeth, as a result of infection or growth.
As it turns out, modern science and technology can’t save that which is irreversible.
Sometimes, teeth are just that bad. As a result, they’ve gotta go…