Generally, a tooth extraction requires special medical training and can be performed only by a dental care professional. On top of that, the procedure implies the use of specialized dental equipment, or even local anesthesia, when it comes to the surgical tooth extraction. However, there are some cases when you really should know how to pull a tooth.
When Can Teeth Be Pulled Out At Home?
There are two categories of people whose teeth can be pulled out at home. The first one includes kids who lose their primary teeth to soon acquire the brand new, white and strong permanent teeth they have been so long looking for.
The second category is sadly deprived of the flare of joy and happiness, as it concerns elderly people, who lose their teeth as a result of age or major periodontal diseases.
However, it is still better to visit a dentist when it comes to the latter case. If you are going to deal with your child’s loose but healthy primary tooth, you can bravely and fearlessly learn and practice on how to pull a tooth after checking some relevant aspects of the issue.
Can Baby Teeth Be Pulled Out?
About one in a thousand babies is born with so-called natal teeth, located just slightly below or rarely above his gum line. If your baby has such a tooth, you will feel it during breast feeding.
Why Is It Important for Primary Teeth to Be Healthy?
The first step in how to pull a tooth is to check if it is really ready to come out. The main problem here is that a primary tooth might also get loose due to periodontal disease or tooth decay. The first case is hardly possible to miss, as a periodontal disease has the vivid symptoms of toothache, gum bleeding, swelling, and redness. If this is the case, the pulling is likely to cause the infected gum to bleed extensively.
The tooth decay issue calls for much closer attention from the parents. To manage this, thoroughly ask your child what kind of pain he experiences, as tooth decay is usually accompanied by pain which comes from the inside of the tooth and sharply increases as a result of air or temperature extremes. Also remember to check your child’s loose tooth enamel for early signs of dental caries before preparing to pull the tooth.
ADA professionals warn that, if you pull out a decayed tooth, it might be a really painful procedure that is also very likely to cause severe trauma and further hospitalization.
How to Avoid Complications in Pulling a Primary Tooth?
To avoid the above-mentioned complications from pulling a primary tooth affected by periodontal disease or tooth decay, ensure that your child is able to maintain his dental health properly and knows how to use not only a toothbrush, but also dental floss.
Apart from that, make sure that your child is at the right age for losing the primary and developing the permanent teeth.
If you have any concerns about how to pull a tooth or whether your child is at the right age for losing his primary teeth, it is better to see a dentist.
How to Pull a Tooth?
As you have finally determined that your child’s loose primary tooth is actually getting ready to be replaced with the permanent one and that this loose tooth is healthy, you can use one of the following methods to pull it.
All the procedures must be performed gently to avoid traumas to the oral cavity and for the loose teeth only: if the tooth is not loose enough, it is better to avoid invasive tooth-pulling methods and let your child eat hard or sticky foods.
If you feel anxious about pulling out your child’s tooth, better trust this task to a dentist.
Traditional Tooth-Pulling Method
To manage such a pulling, you will need dental floss (it is much thinner than a traditional string and thus, easier to be tied around the tooth and is pain-free), a door, and certainly, your child:
- Ask your child to wiggle his tooth till it gets loose and easy to pull out.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Tie one end of the dental floss around your child’s tooth and the other one securely to a doorknob (!).
- Close / open the door.
- Wiggling or Twisting?
If the primary tooth is loose enough, you can just wiggle it back and forth with your clean (!) hands for about five minutes. If it is a bit stronger, start wiggling it really gently and gradually. The manipulation will reduce the strength of its supportive fibers and, soon, you will easily pull the tooth out. Try the same manipulation by additionally twisting the tooth.
4 Days Method
This method of pulling a tooth is perfect if a permanent tooth is erupting over the primary one.
Day 1. Start wiggling the primary tooth really gently all day long (use the emerging permanent tooth as a movement restrictor).
Day 2. Put more force into wiggling. Add light twisting and pulling movements.
Day 3. Pull the primary tooth really hard for a minute. Take a nine-minute break. Repeat the workout six times a day.
Day 4. Pull the primary tooth as hard as you can. Stop if you feel pain.
Finally, if you want your child to pull his primary tooth on his own, ask him to show how he wiggles his tooth, then show how to twist it and finally, figure out together how to pull the tooth for the Tooth Fairy to bring a gorgeous gift for your child. Or maybe, it is worth letting Mother Nature take its course?!