Even though it may seem out of the ordinary, a lot of people actually do try to extract their own teeth. Toothache pain can be very frustrating and painful, making you may want to try anything to obtain relief. No matter how bad the pain, you should always seek dental attention if you feel it necessary to have a tooth pulled.
There are acceptable situations where you may not need to go to your dentist to get your teeth pulled. For instance, baby teeth are commonly pulled at home. To just pull random baby teeth is less than ideal, but if you wiggle the tooth around and it appears to be loose, chances are the tooth will come out with ease.
Another situation in which it may acceptable to pull your own teeth is when you have a severe case of gum disease. Gum disease can cause the socket and the bone to become extremely decayed, which will result in the destruction of the tooth. If the gum disease is severe enough, the tooth will be extremely loose and will come out without a problem. In some cases, the tooth can be almost unbearable to the touch. If you have gum disease and notice a loose tooth, you should be careful when pulling it. If you don’t do it properly or if you do it too soon, you could end up breaking the top of the tooth. If this happens, you’ll need to go to the dentist to have the remaining portion of the tooth cut out.
To ensure proper oral care, you should always go to the dentist if you have a toothache. No matter how bad the pain may be, you should never attempt to pull the tooth yourself. Your dentist can numb the area before they pull the tooth, so you’ll feel no pain at all. They will also be able to prescribe you some pain medication and antibiotics as well, to help treat any infection you may have. If you attempt to pull the tooth yourself, be sure it is a tooth that can come out at home, as in the examples above.
It is always preferred and advised that you go to a dental professional to have any tooth extracted before you pull it out on your own, to make sure you do not do other damage to your gums or bone.
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