If any of your teeth are loose and almost falling out, you may want to try to remove them but without feeling any pain. You can reduce the likelihood of pain by loosening the tooth as much as possible before pulling it completely, numbing the sensation around the tooth, and reducing the pain that occurs after the tooth is extracted. If you end up not being able to pull your teeth out on your own, be sure to visit your dentist and ask for help.
Loosening and Extracting Teeth
Eat crunchy foods. You can also eat crunchy foods to help loosen your teeth so they can come out painlessly. Eat apples, carrots, celery sticks, or other crunchy foods to help loosen your teeth.
You may be able to start by eating foods that are not too crunchy to avoid pain. Try munching on a pear or a piece of cheese for starters, then move on to eating more crunchy foods.
Try not to swallow your teeth too. If you feel your teeth fall out when you chew food, take the food out of your mouth and see if there are any teeth there.
If your tooth is accidentally swallowed, contact your doctor or dentist. Baby teeth swallowed by children may not cause a problem, but it’s best to consult a dentist to be sure.
Brush and clean between your teeth with floss. Brushing and flossing regularly can also help loosen the teeth, making them easier to remove. However, avoid brushing or cleaning too hard, or you will feel sick. Just brush and floss as usual (twice a day) to help loosen teeth and keep them healthy.
To floss between your teeth, use about 45 cm of floss and wrap each end around the middle fingers of both hands. Hold the thread with your thumb and forefinger.
Next, move the floss between the loose teeth back and forth. Try to pull the floss so that it bends at the base of the loose tooth during cleaning.
You can also move the floss up and down so that it rubs against the sides of each tooth.
Use the thread handle to make it easier to hold. This tool can be purchased at the department store.
Shake your teeth. The looser the tooth when it is extracted, the less pain it will feel. You can wiggle your teeth slowly with your fingers or tongue. Just make sure not to pull or push the teeth too hard while doing this, or you’ll feel sore.
Shake the teeth gently throughout the day to help loosen them so they can be easily extracted.
Turning Off Taste Sensation and Extracting Tooth
Suck ice cubes. Ice can help numb the sensation of the gums where the teeth are loose and prevent pain when pulling teeth. You can also suck on an ice cube after extracting the tooth to help reduce the pain.
Sip on an ice cube right before trying to extract your tooth. Ice cubes should numb the sensation in that area, helping to avoid the pain of pulling the tooth out.
Try sucking on ice cubes throughout the day to relieve pain after tooth extraction.
Do this 3-4 times a day for 10 minutes.
Be sure to allow some time after sucking on the ice cubes for a while. Otherwise, the ice can actually damage your gum tissue.
Use teething gel to numb the sensation in that area. You can also numb the sensation in the gum cavity with an anesthetic gel that contains benzocaine. This step may be helpful if just wiggling your teeth still hurts. Apply a small amount of gel to the gums before pulling the tooth to help numb the taste sensation.
Be sure to read and follow the instructions for using the gel.
Some examples of teething gel products are Orajel, Hyland’s, and Earth’s Best.
Hold the tooth with sterile gauze. If you feel the tooth is loose enough to be removed without pain, use a piece of sterile gauze to grip and twist it. Teeth that have almost fallen out will be easy to rotate and remove without pain.
If you feel pain when you pull out your tooth, or you can’t move the tooth with light pulling, continue loosening the tooth again. Otherwise, you may experience pain when you extract the tooth.
Move your teeth back and forth, also right and left, then rotate while pulling. This method will help release the tooth tissue that is still attached to the gums.
Wait for 24 hours before gargling. After removing the tooth, a blood clot will form in the gum cavity. This clot must be kept in place so that the tooth extraction wound can heal completely. Don’t rinse your mouth, drink through a straw, or do anything else that requires you to suck or gargle vigorously.
Do not brush or clean between the gums or the area around them. You can brush and floss between other teeth, but leave the cavities that fall out.
You can rinse your mouth slowly after brushing and flossing between your teeth, but don’t rinse vigorously.
Avoid extreme temperatures. Eat soft foods at room temperature for the first two days after tooth extraction.
Reducing Pain After Tooth Extraction
Apply pressure to the gums until the bleeding stops. Applying pressure to the gums with sterile gauze after tooth extraction can help reduce pain and stop bleeding. If your gums hurt or bleed a little after you’ve extracted a tooth, make a roll of sterile gauze and apply it to the gum cavity (the hollow in the gum where the root of the tooth fell out).
Apply pressure to the gums until the bleeding stops. Bleeding from the gums should stop within a few minutes.
Place a moistened tea bag in the gum opening. You can also use a wet tea bag to relieve sore gums after tooth extraction. Steep the teabags in hot water for a few minutes, then remove them and squeeze out the excess water. Then, let the tea bag cool for a few minutes and apply it to the gum hole to reduce the pain you feel.
You can use green tea, black tea, peppermint tea, or chamomile tea to relieve toothache.
Use pain medication. If the pain in the tooth is still bothering you, you can use pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat it. Be sure to read and adhere to the instructions for use on the medicine package.
Visit the dentist if the tooth is difficult to remove. If a loose tooth is painful or you can’t pull it out yourself, call your dentist and make an appointment. Dentists can remove teeth with the help of anesthetic drugs so you won’t feel pain.
In some cases, there may be a cyst or granuloma (an infection) at the tip of the tooth root. The dentist is the only person who can clean the gum cavity and treat this infection. So, you should consult a dentist if you suspect this problem is the cause.