Keen to ensure that a far more painless extraction from the patient's wallet would not be hindered, the dentist gave the nurse a very large needle.
He instructed her to jab it firmly into the patient in the end opposite to that from which the tooth was to be extracted, when the signal was given.
It all happened in an instant. The patient and pliers were in place. The signal was given, the needle driven well home, and with a quick tug out came the tooth.
The dentist said, "Hurt much?"
The patient hesitated, "Didn't even feel it come out... tell you what, though, the roots were sure in deep!"