Shirley Jackson's story The Tooth.*
Now, if you haven't read that story, I wish you would.
The dental surgeon tried to sell me on an implant, though it will probably cost $4K and not be covered by insurance. Rosemary, my neighbor, has had several molars removed and still has no trouble eating.
* Shirley Jackson, The Lottery and Other Stories, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 1949 pp. 265-286.