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Easiest way to extract a tooth at home?

By Dental Emergency, General Dentistry

I have a tooth that is killing me. It’s on the top left. I don’t want a dentist touching it. I would rather yank it out myself. What is the best way with the least pain to pull the tooth myself? – Lyle

Lyle – There is no best way to extract your own tooth. You need to see a dentist. And the dentist probably won’t have to remove the tooth at all.

A gentle dentist will numb your gums to give you a pain-free injection. After your tooth is numb, you will receive an examination and x-ray. Your tooth is probably infected, in which case, a root canal treatment is needed. It can be pain free.

Extracting your own tooth will be quite painful, and it can cause damage to nearby teeth, which will cause even more pain. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth will begin drift into the space. Misaligned teeth will create additional problems for you.

Saving your teeth is important to your oral health. We advise patients who are on a budget or who don’t have dental insurance to let us know. We will work with your budget to make dental care affordable for you.

If you are nervous or anxious about dental appointments, make it known when you schedule your appointment. Steps will be taken to ensure you are comfortable during your dental visit.

This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Trauma to tooth

By Dental Emergency

Last night my teeth collided with my husband’s head. It is still sore this morning. It is also a little loose. How long will it feel like this?  Will it turn gray? Will it always be loose?

Katarina L from Phoenix, AZ


I think it is important you see your dentist as soon as possible to have your tooth evaluated. You’ve got blunt force trauma. Your symptoms make me wonder if the nerve of the tooth is damaged or if you have a fractured tooth root.  If the nerve is damage, your dentist should recommend a root canal and a dental crown in order to save your tooth.

To answer some of your other questions, yes, it will turn gray eventually if there is nerve damage. However, you should have any problem taken care of well before that can happen. Your tooth will tighten back up unless you have a severe fracture.

This blog is brought to you by Naperville Dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

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