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At-Home Tooth Extraction: Economically Smart, or Just Dangerous?

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toothaches can indicate a need for tooth extraction

As the price of dental care continues to increase, fewer people are seeing the dentist. However, proper dental care continues to be an important part of everyday health. Many people are not receiving the care needed because they simply cannot afford it. The result is a decline in both oral and overall health. In fact, many people seek low cost dental care by unconventional means- performing it themselves. One dental procedure often attempted at home is a tooth extraction.

Extracting at Home

Toothaches are a nagging irritant, especially when refusing to go away on their own. Toothaches can indicate infection and a need to have a tooth pulled.  However, many who are unable to pay a dentist opt to self-perform extraction of a trouble tooth to eliminate the problem.

The issue with an at-home tooth extraction is that regardless of its affordability, extracting a tooth without the proper training and tools can be very dangerous and actually end up causing more pain. In addition, there is increased risk of worsening an infection or breaking the tooth.

Dentists highly discourage pulling a tooth at home because complications are more likely to occur in doing so. These include breaking the tooth before the root or breaking a surrounding tooth, infection and abscess.

Affordable Options

If a tooth is causing pain from infection or appears loose, a professional extraction is the wisest option for relief. There are several affordable options that will fix the problem without breaking the bank.

  • Payment plans: Many dental offices will allow payment plans, where portions of a procedure cost are paid at a time. Over the course of the plan, the full price will eventually be paid, but it allows more time to get the money.
  • Dental clinics: Many areas have local dental clinics that can offer discounted dental care to those who can’t afford to pay full price. A lot of these clinics operate on a sliding scale, where they determine the price paid by an individual’s income.
  • Discount dental plan: Discount plans are a cheap alternative to insurance. For a very low monthly price, you can save between 20% and 60% off of tooth extractions and other dental services.

Though getting a tooth pulled can be very costly, it can be detrimental to overall health if left alone. At-home extraction is also not recommended, as it is painful and dangerous. The best option is always to seek out a dentist and to remember than regular cleanings can prevent conditions from worsening that may lead to a tooth even needing to be extracted.

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  1. Teeth extraction done at home – what century is this? Of course you have to visit the dentist and go DIY at home. It is dangerous and scary.

  2. clarita / Oct 14 2013

    whoa but what 1 has to do,1 will DO.
    loosen up the tooth very easily by winding dental floss around the base and rock it gently,twirl it etc- it will loosen up-takes some time and of course keep it clean–when it’s loosed you’ll know and get IT OUT.–and i AM talking about permanent teeth as well.

    many out here have been through the whole experience of having them yanked out,pulled out and extracted in that dentist’s chair and will know when the tooth is loosed from the socket and able to be removed.–even with good local anaesthesia it is a distinct sensation……then sheer RELIEF as it’s OUT.
    you never yank them out and yes the alleged professionals have done this to me and most definitely to OTHERS.

  3. Scorpio / Jun 28 2013

    I am not suggesting that it is the safest answer, but I did pull one of my own teeth without complications, and I am considering doing it again.
    I was in my early teens, and in a lot of pain. My mom could not afford to take me to the dentist. After months of pain, I used some listerine first and then took a pair of pliers and pulled it myself. It hurt, and there was a lot of blood, but I used those gauze rolls that dentists use to stop the bleeding.
    It caused my mother to call a shrink, but it did work and I did not get an infection. I felt a lot better the next day.
    Now in my late 30′s I have a perfectly healthy wisdom tooth, that has pushed through evenly and it has cracked another tooth it has been pressing on.
    There is no pain in the gum or jaw(which is what is supposed to indicate infection). I would rather keep the nice healthy wisdom tooth than the one that has cracked. The cracked one is too far back to see anyway.
    I am strongly considering pulling the cracked one and seeing a dentist if I have any problems.
    Pulling one’s own tooth does involve the risk of infection, but 100 years ago it was quite common.
    I will keep you guys posted, on what I decide to do.

  4. Dental Designers / Jun 19 2013

    Tooth Extraction done at home can be dangerous as well unhygienic. It is far more better to get tooth pulled out from dentist.

  5. Ree / Mar 12 2013

    This doesn’t help everyone. I have an 8 year old with an infection that has already eaten the tooth and is moving into the gum. My son is having fevers. I can’t get a dentist to even give him an appointment to look at it because he has autism. I have no choice but to pull it myself. I’m getting sick of these ‘specialists’ deciding that if your kid isn’t perfect then they should just sit home and die instead of them having to be bothered with them.

    • Kayla / Mar 15 2013

      Hi Ree, I’m sorry you are having trouble finding a dentist. If there is really no dentist in your area that will accept him, you can try pulling the tooth yourself. But you should be aware of the risks associated with this act, and that doing so may make matters worse. Hope everything goes well.

    • Heather / Sep 9 2013

      Ree. As a fellow mother of a child with autism, I understand your struggle. I wanted to let you know that “Autism Speaks” has a list of dentists in various areas that are skilled in and comfortable with working with autistic children. We found one that was not only amazing, but willing to sedate for regular teeth cleanings as it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to do any other way.

  6. East St. Paul Dentist / Jul 28 2012

    good thinking

  7. East St. Paul Dentist / Jul 28 2012

    Oh great information, I like your post. with nice and Clean site.

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  8. Find Dentist / Jul 27 2012

    Nice article.

  9. Miami Dentist / Jul 24 2012

    It’s always wise to ask the dentist first when in doubt… I wouldn’t take any chances on your own!

  10. Dena / Jul 24 2012

    I didn’t know that at-home tooth extraction was a growing trend. With 20 years in an oral surgeon’s office, I can attest that do-it-yourself extractions can be very dangerous. Another growing trend, in response to a tough economy, is reduced fee dentistry. I know of several general dentists who are lowering fees and our office has also instituted a “flat fee” plan for common procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal. Patients should always discuss alternative options with their dentist before trying something risky like tooth extraction at home. Great topic!

    • Libby / Jul 24 2012

      Great tip. We have a Free Dental Finder so patients can find affordable care like you’ve mentioned with ease. Thanks for stopping by, Dena!

  11. Arlington Dentist / Jul 13 2012

    This is nice and very useful post. I like this and thanks for share. Keep posting..

  12. Boca Raton Web Design / Jul 11 2012

    Ouch! That doesn’t sound smart at all, I would much rather go to the dentist.

  13. Orthodontists in Calgary / Jul 11 2012

    After extraction of your tooth, pain and swelling are usual. Take your pain tablets and apply cold compresses to the outside of your face at the point of swelling. Use store bought cold packs or make your own by placing ice cubes into a plastic bag and covering it around the area with a hand towel. Your advices are really useful to aware people regarding the primary treatment at home.

  14. Amelia J / Jul 8 2012

    These are valued information esp those who are on a tight budget. I would recommend option 2 and 3 as you save on the dental cost. This is instead of using a longer term to pay off the dental fee. Would also highly recommend a good electric toothbrush as an everyday dental regime.

  15. DentalGuiden / Jul 5 2012

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