Therefore, many consider that hurting themselves is still better than allowing someone else to hurt them… so they consider extracting their own loose tooth at home.
However, there are plenty of risks that need to be considered. Only in the case you can remove the entire tooth completely, you can rest assured that you are not exposed to greater health risks.
But in case after the extraction, there are still tooth fragments that are stuck inside, or in case you have used utensils that were not properly sterilized in prior, the risk of infections is very high. If you still consider that you could easily extract that loose tooth by yourself, here are the important steps:
See how loose that tooth is
You can extract the tooth only in case it is very loose. If the tooth is well rooted in the mandible, you will most probably need proper dental treatment. The easiest teeth to extract when they are very loose are the milk teeth and the baby teeth.
Wisdom teeth or permanent teeth which are not loose enough to be pulled out easily, should be extracted only by an experienced dentist.
Right before the extraction, make sure to disinfect properly your mouth.
Before attempting to begin extraction, brush your teeth at least twice, floss your teeth, and then use your regular mouthwash. Make sure to stay away from using a mouthwash based on chlorhexidine, and not one based on alcohol, because this triggers a higher risk of infection.
You could take painkiller medication before starting to pull out the tooth.
Make sure to take a stronger painkiller such as tramadol based ones, or etoricoxib. These types of painkillers will help with numbing, and you will be able to pull harder on the tooth to be extracted.
Never use tools such as pliers or other sharp instruments when trying to pull out a loose tooth.
You should only wrap around your fingers sterile gauze and try extracting the tooth with your fingers that way. In case you cannot manage to pull out your tooth after several attempts of tugging instead of twisting the tooth, it is time to visit the dentist.
Do not force to pull the tooth if it is not loose enough. Also, if you manage to pull it out, make sure to check the area every day for signs of infection. If you notice anything unusual, just visit the dentist immediately.
After you have extracted successfully the tooth, apply a piece of sterile gauze right at the extraction area, in order to stop the bleeding. Avoiding dry sockets is important, so try to take off the gauze using very gentle motions, rather than just pulling hard the gauze (you might accidentally pull out the blood clot that has already formed, and this might lead to dental dry socket)