Parents often need to know how to pull a tooth from child’s mouth. As baby teeth become loose, temptation to pull a tooth out to relieve a child’s pain and discomfort mounts. Even as an adult, it sometimes become desirable to pull damaged and decaying teeth. To properly pull a tooth, care should be taken to prevent further damage to a mouth.
- Visit the dentist. For the best results, visiting a professional dentist is the best way to pull a tooth. Self-extraction can lead to damage within a mouth, as well as significant pain. Dentists may be expensive, but they provide the safest options when contemplating pulling a tooth.
- Ensure the tooth is ready to be removed. Removing a tooth should only be done if the tooth is ready to come out on its own. If the tooth is only hanging by a small piece of tissue, or is so loose it is just setting in the socket but is ready to come out, it may be appropriate to pull the tooth. Extracting teeth before they are ready can lead to infection, pain, and bleeding. Do not pull a tooth unless it is about to come out on its own.
- Numb the area as best as possible. Pulling a tooth, if not at the dentist, will cause pain. To reduce the pain felt, numb the tissue around the tooth as best as possible. Sucking on pieces of ice before attempting extraction will help, as will over-the-counter mouth numbing creams.
- Grab and yank. To pull a tooth, grab it firmly with gauze and yank quickly on it. If the tooth does not come out readily, it should not be forced.
- Ice the area after the tooth is pulled. After removing a tooth, apply an icepack to the outside of the cheek for ten minutes. Remove, and reapply again in twenty minutes. The cold will help reduce the pain and swelling that is likely to ensue.
- Refrain from drinking through straws. After a tooth is removed, it is necessary for a blood clot to develop to stop the bleeding and prevent anything from getting into the tooth socket. For a week, do not drink through a straw as this induces pressure in a mouth which can dislodge any blood clot that forms.
- If any complications develop, call a dentist immediately. Pulling teeth can lead to serious infections and blood loss if there are complications. This is why it is recommended teeth only be pulled at the dentist’s office. If you do experience any complications, contact a dentist immediately.
There are many reasons one may want to pull a tooth. Toothaches, baby teeth, gum disease, and decaying teeth all lead to a desire to pull a tooth. Tooth extraction is best done by a dentist. If one chooses to pull a tooth on their own, be ready to contact a professional if any complications develop.