An adult tooth becoming loose is probably a sign that you’re suffering from gum disease or a tooth injury, but things are different for a child. A child’s tooth getting loose is a sign that he or she is approaching adolescence. Still, as a parent, you might be concerned and want to make sure that your little one is comfortable.
Whether you have no access to the dentist or want to comfort your kid, there are several tips that can help you pull out a tooth painlessly and easily, and I’ll discuss them in detail in this article. So, keep on reading.
How to Pull Out a Tooth Without Pain
For an adult, it’s always better to try to save the tooth, but if there’s an emergency and you have no access to the dentist, pulling out the tooth might be the only option. These tips will also work if you’re helping your child get rid of a loose tooth.
- Wiggle the tooth using your clean hands and tongue all the time. The continuous movement will help it come out on its own.
- Rub oral analgesic around the tooth as you try to manipulate it using your hands.
- Use the floss to move the tooth, but curve it under its base.
- Brush your teeth vigorously, especially around the cracked or loose tooth, to loosen its root.
- Eat hard or crunchy food, ensuring that you’re using this particular tooth.
- Gently but firmly twist the tooth, then pull it out. The twisting motion will help it come out of its place.
- Disinfect a gauze and use it to twist and pull out the tooth.
- Visit the dentist if nothing works and the tooth is still hanging.
How to Take Care of Your Teeth After Extraction
After losing a child’s tooth or extracting a permanent one, oral hygiene is of extreme importance to help ease out the pain and prevent infections. Here are some things that you can do after dental extraction.
- Keep on biting on a clean gauze for an hour or so to help the blood clot and stop the bleeding.
- Keep your head elevated for a while.
- Apply ice packs for 10 to 15 minutes and then rest for another 15 minutes and repeat for a few hours after the extraction. This will help resolve any swelling.
- Avoid brushing and flossing after removing a tooth.
- Use warm saline rinses about 12 hours after the extraction to clean your mouth.
When Should You Not Extract a Tooth
Although a tooth extraction might be necessary in several cases, it’s not always the best option. Here are some cases when you shouldn’t extract a tooth.
- If you’re thinking about replacing the tooth, then it’s better to try to save it. The cost of replacing the tooth will be much higher.
- If you have several missing teeth, then the surrounding teeth will shift, changing the structure of your mouth. In this case, you should go to the dentist and try to save this one.
- With a lot of teeth missing, your ability to chew and speak will be affected.
- If you’re prone to infections, then you shouldn’t try to extract the tooth on your own.
- You shouldn’t extract a tooth on your own if you’re diabetic or suffer from high blood pressure. The dentist will take the necessary precautions if extraction is necessary.
If you have to, you can pull out a tooth without pain. It’s all about gently loosening the tooth and trying to keep the area clean. However, if there’s a risk of infection or the tooth won’t come out, you should head to the dentist and follow their instructions.