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How To Pull A Loose Tooth

How To Pull A Loose Tooth

Do you have a loose tooth? Don't touch it until you watch this video! Dentist Brian Halvorsen offers suggestions on what you should do.

Hi, I'm Brian Halvorsen and I'm a dentist. I have been in practice for over 35 years and I've written a book about my principles on holistic dentistry. The book is called "Great Teeth for Life".

In this video, I'm going to be discussing "what do we do with a loose tooth". Now, when we're children, we often do have loose teeth as the baby teeth literally and naturally become loose because they're going to fall out. Sometime, they can be persistent and often we think about just simply wiggling them and eventually they do fall out.

One main reason why they do come out is because the root that was holding them in the jawbone has been actually dissolved away by the new tooth coming through underneath it. So, it is a simple case of just wiggling them until they literally fall out. Rarely do you need any professional help.

Now, is it the same with a permanent tooth that is very loose? Permanent teeth do become loose especially in the advance stages of gum disease. In this case, the teeth can be literally waving about in the breeze. You think to yourself, "Well, why not try to pull it out?" I'm sure we've all heard or thought about it especially if it's painful due to an infection, about tying a piece of string or dare I say, dental floss around the tooth, long lead, open the door, slam it shut, out comes the tooth.

What could be simpler? Word of warning, the tooth may be loose in the jawbone, but it might still be tightly bound by the gum around it. Now this means that if you try to literally yank it out, you could pull a lot of gum with it, with disastrous consequences. So, it's not advised.

If however, you're in a remote area, cannot get to a dentist, and you have a tooth that's loose and very painful, may I suggest that you do try to remove it yourself, but by only using your own finger pressure. This has two advantages. You won't put too much pressure on, therefore will be not damaging the jawbone and gum around the tooth, but also I think you'll only put up with only so much discomfort.

It's a little bit like trying to remove a splinter yourself. If somebody else does it, it's an awful more painful than if you can control doing it yourself. In most circumstances, no matter how loose I would recommend seeking professional assistance because even sometimes very loose teeth can still be extremely painful especially when there's an infection around them and the dentist can either treat the tooth with an antibiotic, and then look at possibly removing it using local anaesthetic which freezes all the gum around the tooth.

So, in summary, my advice is not to remove your own teeth unless you're in the situation where you can't seek professional assistance. .