Vietnamese man regrets having most teeth removed to end jaw pain

By Tam Ngoc, Thanh Nien News

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Do Ha Bac (R) now has only three teeth left. Photo credit: VnExpress Do Ha Bac (R) now has only three teeth left. Photo credit: VnExpress

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A man from Binh Dinh Province in central Vietnam suffered constant jaw pain and decided to have his teeth pulled, one by one, in the last 20 years. 
But when he visited a doctor this week, he had to face a painful truth: it's not the teeth that caused the pain. 
Doctors told Do Ha Bac, 49, that blood vessels were putting pressure on his trigeminal nerve and they had to separate them. 
After the procedure, which doctors said was much more complicated than it might sound, Bac did not feel the pain anymore. 
Bac said his lower jaw started to hurt 20 years ago, making him almost unable to eat or sleep.
He said it felt like toothache and whenever the pain became overbearing, he would ask a dentist to remove one or some of his teeth.
He now has three teeth left. 
“It was still so painful. So I went to the provincial general hospital only to find that my teeth were just fine,” he told news website VnExpress.
Doctor said as the nerve is connected to the brain, a mistake can kill the patient or leave him in vegetative state.

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