Although adult teeth are meant to last forever, sometimes a tooth may become loose. Having a loose tooth can be quite uncomfortable, and this may require extraction. Pulling a loose tooth does not require dental training; you can do it by yourself and save the cost you would have incurred but if you think you need help from an expert Dentist, call us today. Below we will discuss step by step process of how to pull a tooth.
Step 1: Determine the loose tooth
Locate the specific loose tooth in your mouth before you can think of pulling it. The tooth should be loose and dangling for you to remove it without much pain successfully. If the tooth is not very loose, you may break the tooth and tear gum tissues. It’s recommended to see a dentist in this case.
Step 2: Use a small square of gauze to grasp the tooth.
After locating the loose tooth, gently take a square gauze and hold the tooth. Pull the tooth firmly from its socket. The tooth should be out quite fast. If it does not come out, stop the process to avoid breakage and seek the help of a dentist.
Step 3: Rinse your mouth and spit several times after removing the tooth.
You should expect less bleeding once you have extracted the tooth. Use water to rinse your mouth as you spit. Take a clean piece of gauze and hold it next to the gum of the extracted tooth to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding is heavy and does not stop, make a point of reaching a dentist as quickly as possible.
Step 4: Monitor the area where the tooth has been pulled for infections
Infection may find their way after extraction. If you notice swelling, redness, pus, or a foul smell from that area after some days, visit a dentist before the infections spread.
Pulling a loose tooth may not be a hard task. However, you should be aware of the risks involved. If the tooth is not loose, it may break into pieces when pulling and leave behind infectious cysts and debris. This may become an impediment to healing and even cause more severe problems.