Britain's sadist and masochist communities are said to be 'pained' at the news that the dentist's drill will soon be obsolete.
Researchers at Kings College London say a new technique to encourage teeth to repair themselves may see the end of the dentist's drill and needles.
Jake Burton, who visits his dentist several times a year for treatment strictly without anaesthetic, said he'll miss the 'fear-inducing scream of the drill as it bites into my jaw and the bone and blood begins to fly. It's great and all on the NHS.'
The demise of the drill is also expected to affect dentist recruitment as many aspiring dentists see 'the old Black and Decker as essential to a fulfilling career,' said a spokesmen for the British Dentists Association.
'It'll be a big blow to all the sadomasochists out there,' a Kings College researcher said, 'but then I'd expect them to rather like that.'