Some people have developed a fear of dentists so severe that they cannot stand to set foot inside a dentist’s office, much less the dentist’s chair. This will pose a problem if you have a tooth that is coming loose and needs to be extracted. The option of just staying at home and extracting it becomes even more tempting, in light of the ever-increasing costs of dental care.
While it is entirely possible for you to stay at home and just remove the tooth yourself, you are faced with a lot of risks you may want to take into account. If you are able to remove the tooth completely, then you’re in the clear and have nothing to worry about. However, if you end up leaving fragments inside, or use non-sterile and infected equipment, you might even end up with a worse condition: these cases may lead to infections and abscesses, which will require the specialized care and possibly, surgical intervention, of the dentist. Here are the ways you can extract a tooth at home.
- The first step is to determine exactly how loose the tooth is. Your tooth must be loose enough to be extracted at home, without the intervention of a dentist, before you even consider trying your own remedies. If the tooth is not loose and is firmly fixed to your mandible, then you will end up with a bloody and difficult extraction that is best left in the professional hands of a dentist. If the tooth is dangling off the edge and is practically begging to be pulled off, you have the greatest possibility of success. Baby teeth and milk teeth are not as attached to your jaw as your permanent and wisdom teeth, and are therefore easier to extract.
- Disinfect your mouth as much as possible before you start the attempt at home extraction. Brush your teeth thoroughly at least thrice before beginning. Follow this up with flossing and then a thorough and complete regimen of mouthwash hygiene. Avoid alcohol-based mouthwash. This will only dry out your skin and increase the probability of infection. It is best to use chlorhexidine-based mouthwash.
- You can pre-medicate yourself with painkillers just before you attempt your home tooth extraction. Drinking any painkillers will do, but of course, you want to err on the side of caution. Instead of just using acetaminophen and mefenamic acid, use stronger analgesics such as cox-2 inhibitors (celecoxib, etoricoxib, etc) and morphine derivatives (tramadol). These will help numb the pain and give you better capacity to pull harder.
- Don’t use pliers or any other materials to grasp your tooth. You should use only a small piece of sterile gauze (which can be bought at your neighborhood pharmacy) and tug at your loose tooth. Use sharp tugs when doing so, instead of trying to twist your tooth loose. The latter will only cause more pain and bleeding. You can attempt several tries, but if you keep doing so with no measure of success, it is time to stop and go to a dentist. If ever you are successful, immediately pack the bleeding area with sterile gauze and ice, in order to stop the bleeding.
You will have to monitor your own oral area for signs of infection. If
you notice anything out of the ordinary, even in your body, go consult a
dentist or a physician as soon as possible.