How to Pull Out a Tooth Safely?

How to Pull Out a Tooth Safely?

How to Pull Out a Tooth Safely?

As an adult, the only way to safely pull out a tooth is by making an appointment with your dentist to have it removed by a professional. Children’s teeth, on the other hand, will naturally fall out to make way for their adult teeth to come through and can be safely encouraged out in some circumstances, although they should not be pulled out before they’re ready.

Many people are scared of the dentist, but they are trained professionals who can not only safely remove your teeth if necessary, but they can also administer local anaesthetic to prevent pain, as well as provide the necessary aftercare. So if you’re seriously considering pulling out your own tooth or that of a loved one who’s scared of seeing a dentist or can’t get an appointment on the NHS, think again, and make an appointment with a private dentist or emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Is it Safe to Pull Your Tooth Out?

Is it Safe to Pull Your Tooth Out?

Adults should avoid pulling their teeth out in most circumstances, as the risk of causing more damage or passing out from the pain is not worth the risk. NHS dental appointments can be very hard to get, especially if you don’t want to wait up to one year for your appointment, but private dentists are much quicker and have many more benefits that make them worth the cost.

The only acceptable time when it may be beneficial and safe for you to pull an adult tooth out is if it’s broken or damaged, loose and painless. If not, make an emergency appointment as soon as possible, and see your dentist within the next few days to have it removed. If your tooth is loose and painless, you can try to safely pull it out yourself by:

  • Brushing and flossing around the problematic tooth to loosen it
  • Wiggling the tooth back and forth gently
  • Twisting the tooth and gently pulling it up

If at any point you feel any pain, you should stop immediately and make a dentist appointment. If you are successful in removing the tooth, you should also see your dentist as soon as possible to ensure that the wound is healing properly.

When teeth are extracted and don’t heal properly, a blood clot doesn’t form, leaving what’s known as a dry socket. The blood clot helps the gum close and the nerves regrow, but without it, the bone under the tooth can remain exposed and feel incredibly painful as the gum doesn’t heal over it. Dry sockets are one of the biggest risks in pulling a tooth out yourself, which is why you should have your teeth extracted by a dentist.

Can You Safely Pull a Child’s Tooth Out?

Can You Safely Pull a Child’s Tooth Out?

Baby teeth are much easier to remove than adults’ as they’re supposed to come out and can be safely encouraged out without needing to visit a dentist. Baby teeth usually grow out around 6 or 7 years old, but some falling out a bit earlier or later is perfectly normal.

Baby teeth still shouldn’t be pulled out, as they need to encourage the adult teeth below to grow in the right direction to have a healthy set of adult teeth and a well-developed jaw. But if your child’s tooth is loose and seems to be hanging on, then you can help it out without hurting your child.

Sometimes it’s safer to help loose teeth out for children as the baby tooth can begin to decay, or food gets trapped between the tooth and the gum, causing an infection to spread, or plaque to stick to nearby teeth.

To remove your child’s tooth, you can:

  • Make sure your hands are clean to prevent infection
  • Gently wiggle the tooth
  • Have a damp gauze ready to bite on in case of any blood

Your child can also do this themselves if they feel more comfortable, but make sure their hands are clean, and tell them not to press down on the tooth as this may be painful.

When Do Teeth Need to Be Extracted?

Sometimes toothache can be unbearable, but it doesn’t always mean you need to have a tooth extracted. Take painkillers for a few days, eat soft foods and make sure you clean your teeth and tongue well to see if the toothache clears up by itself before calling your dentist.

If you can’t stand the pain even with painkillers or it doesn’t go away after a few days, you should make an appointment with your dentist. Toothache can be caused by many different issues and doesn’t necessarily require a tooth extraction.

Your toothache may be caused by:

  • Tooth decay
  • A dental abscess (tooth infection)
  • Gum disease
  • A broken tooth
  • An impacted tooth (usually wisdom teeth growing horizontally)
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw

Most of these dental issues can be treated in routine appointments, however, if you are in great pain and struggling to get on with your normal daily activities, you should make an emergency dental appointment.

How Does a Dentist Treat Tooth Infections?

How Does a Dentist Treat Tooth Infections?

If your tooth is infected i.e. you have a dental abscess, your dentist will decide on what treatment to offer depending on the severity of the infection. Do not go to your GP for a tooth infection as they won’t be able to help you. Hospitals also cannot help treat dental issues.

There are four main treatment options for tooth infections:

  • Draining the abscess
  • A root canal
  • Tooth extraction
  • Antibiotics

Although there are now great tooth replacement options if you lose any of your teeth, none of them are permanent, so it’s always beneficial to keep your real teeth where possible, so dentists will avoid extracting your teeth unless they have to.

Each of the above procedures is quite invasive and requires a local anaesthetic to ease the pain, however, they are effective treatments for tooth infections and removing the affected tissue is much better than having a tooth removed entirely. You’ll only usually be given antibiotics if the infection has spread from the dental pulp into other parts of your jaw or surrounding teeth.

How to Book a Tooth Extraction

How to Book a Tooth Extraction

If you need a tooth extraction, you can call your dentist to book an appointment. Or if your dentist suggests you need an extraction during a check-up they will be able to book one for you as soon as possible.

In the case that you are in extreme pain, or have suffered an injury to your face and broken your teeth, you should book an emergency tooth extraction as soon as possible. Most towns have an emergency or out-of-hours NHS dental practice which can help, as well as private dentists that can fit you in and treat you much sooner.

The emergency dentist will take a look at your teeth and decide whether they need immediate extraction or other procedures and will inform you of the cost. Wisdom teeth extractions are normally done in routine appointments, however, they can also be done as emergencies. You should have regular check-ups so your dentist can identify any issues that need resolving before they become more serious to avoid having to pay emergency dental care charges.

When to Go to A&E for Your Teeth

Sometimes, you simply get an elbow in the teeth during a football match or bite down on an olive stone unexpectedly and damage your teeth, causing a great deal of pain. If the pain is unbearable, you should call your dentist, however, in certain cases, your tooth pain may require emergency hospital treatment.

Only go to A&E for toothache if:

The emergency services will try to try the issue, but once they have controlled the swelling, you may still have to go to a dentist to have the dental issue taken care of.

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