Technically, you can pull your own teeth, but it is never a good idea. There are many things that can cause the need to have a tooth removed. Cracks, advanced tooth decay, infections, and more can result in the need for an extraction. However, extracting your tooth yourself can result in the need for much more expensive dental work.
Attempting to remove a tooth yourself can cause the tooth to break off before the root. It can potentially damage the surrounding teeth. Not only will this be detrimental to your smile, but it can cause significant (and expensive) problems.
There is a good chance that you’re losing your tooth due to an infection. What happens when you pull that tooth? You are left with an infection and an open wound. Obviously, this is not the best combination. A dentist will be able to take the steps necessary to help the infection and can provide antibiotics to prevent the open wound from becoming infected.
Fixing the Problem
Excepting damage caused by trauma, there’s a reason you’re losing the tooth. This can be caused by multiple things. Infections and tooth decay won’t just go away after extracting the tooth. You may have insufficient oral hygiene practices. A dentist will be able to fix the underlying problem that is causing tooth loss. Furthermore, the tooth may be salvageable! You won’t know until you see your dentist.
Dental work can be expensive, but the alternatives may be much more costly. Many dentists offer payment plans that allow you to get the work you need done immediately. Here at Mills River Family Dental, we offer many options to help you get all the necessary dental work. If you think you need a tooth extracted, don’t try to do it yourself. Contact us today!