PULLING YOUR OWN TEETH - CAN IT BE DONE?
Even though this sounds dumb to a lot of people, each year many individuals actually attempt to pull their own teeth. The pain of toothache is unbearable at times, and extremely annoying, this leads many to seek immediate relief. Depending on the severity of the pain, you could be willing to do almost anything to make it go away. Abcesses and really bad cavities are among the worst, because it seems no matter what you do the pain will not cease!
Back in the old times, teeth were pulled using pliers, because dentistry had not been invented yet. In these times, people would get completely drunk on alcohol, then remove their teeth. Anesthesia was not even a thought back then, so there was no way to numb the area. In these modern times, we’re lucky enough to have a way to numb the tooth and the area around it before it is removed. If you’re attempting self-extraction, you’re going to feel pain no matter what you do, or how drunk you get.
Situations do exists where it is acceptable to pull your own teeth though. Many young people pull their baby teeth out, or parents pull out their childrens baby teeth. If you are a parent with a child complaining of an annoying loose tooth, make sure to check on the age when the tooth is supposed to fall out, before you attempt to pull it yourself. If the tooth wiggles easily with only a slight finger touch, then it will probably come out smoothly without the child feeling much, if any, pain. However, if you pull the tooth, and an abscess forms, you should consult your dentist immediately.
Another situation of acceptable tooth extraction is when there is gum disease that is severe or uncontrolled. Gum disease attack the inner structure of teeth, which ultimately results in total tooth destruction. If the gum disease is advanced enough, the tooth will be really loose, and it will come out without much effort. However in some severe cases, touching the tooth will almost be unbearable. If you are suffering from gum disease, take extreme caution when attempting the pull. If you don’t do it correctly, you could just break off the top portion of the tooth. If this does happen, please seek out your family dentist immediately!
Just because a tooth feels loose to the touch, does not necessarily mean that it is ready to come out. Teeth are very delicate parts of our bodies. If you attempt to pull out a tooth using pliers, you could potentially cause more harm than good. Also putting a pair of pliers in your mouth could cause infection, which is a ticket to the dentists office. Abscesses are very serious, and should not be dealt with, without the help of a dentist. Not only will your tooth need to be examined, you will also need antibiotics to stop the infection.
Just to be on the safe side, you should always consult with your dentist if you experience any tooth related pain. Remember, that no matter how extreme the pain, never attempt to pull the tooth on your own. Your dentist is your friend, he can numb you, so that you will feel no pain at all. He will even prescribe you pain medication and antibiotics post operation. If you try pulling out your own teeth, you will most likely cause more problems, so you’ll have to go to the dentist anyway.