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 Who's afraid of the dentist...why?

 I gave myself serious chemical burn using mouthwash for a tooth ache. I still cant taste! Is this permenant?
I had a very bad tooth ache and began using mouthwash to help numb the pain. I ended up burning my whole tongue and inside of my check. I had blisters on my check and my tongue was red and swollen ...

 Could this be a cavity?
I was looking at my teeth and i notice some black spots on my teeth. They're behind my front teeth and there's very little on the back upper teeth. Is it really a cavity? i brushed my teeth ...

 Painful teeth after Braces?
I just had braces on two days ago. My gums are killing me me. they hurt so bad. Can you give me some sure ways to help kick the pain. Just FYI I am pregnant so no pain killers, or alcohol. T...

 In a few more months, im getting my teeth extracted. Does it hurt?
In a few more months, im getting my teeth extracted. And i've seen other questions been answered that the needle hurts! Im scared, is there any type of soothing answers and encouraging answers ...

 What can I eat after having my wisdom teeth pulled?
I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled July 2nd and returned to the dentist in 7 days to find that I have a partial dry socket in one area. I am not in a lot of pain but I am very very hungry I ...

 My teeth is always bleeding?
How come when i bite into an apple my gums starts to bleed. The same thing when i brush my teeth....

 Are grillz good or bad for your teeth? Why?
Grillz are the mouth pieces worn by some in the hip hop or rap industry. They look like they would prevent good dental hygiene. True or false?...

 Will It Hurt Me?
I'm getting a major orthidoncic thing done today- they are pullin three teeth, and putting braces in. But my question is: will it hurt? I'm really scared, and want advice- these are my 1st ...

 HELP! toothpaste recommendations!?
well, i really really really hate mint, at the point where i literally gag. also, i hate the lemon and cinnamin ones. all they do is leave a gross taste in my mouth because they taste so bad to me. ...

 Why are tooth crowns so expensive?
My dentist told me years ago that it was because it's made of porcelain. My toilet is made of porcelain - it costs a lot less than a small tooth. Why are they so expensive?...

 Can I sharpen my teeth?
I recently had crowns fitted to my front top set of teeth. These look really good but they are blunt, for example,they are so blunt that I cant cut sellotape with them! and biting into an apple ...

 Which toothpaste do you consider best?

 I accidentally got gum all over my mouth retainer... how do I get it off?
I was chewing gum with my retainer on, and then it got stuck all over the retainer. I have tried to stick it under hot water, but it doesn't do much, and the gum is too sticky. Help!...

 I have to go to the dentist, should i take my tongue ring out?
i have to go in a week and i have had my tongue pierced for 4 months....

 Is any one here afraid of the dentist?
I'm not but i know my cousin is terrified of going to the ...

 Metal question?
what does it mean when you can taste metal?...

 How long do i have to wait to smoke cigarettes after i get a tooth pulled?

 Cost of braces?
what is the average cost of braces?...

 I have very bad toothache what do i do?

I NEED to pull my own tooth?
I know all the reasons not to pull my own tooth (infection, pain make matters worse etc) This molar has bothered me for years. Half of the tooth is broken (missing), there is an exposed huge silver filling and what is left of the tooth is grey. I saw the dentist but before she will do any work she wants to do a deep cleaning which will be $1600. I can't even feed my kids so I can't afford that. I will spend money on my kids teeth before my own. So my mind is made up. I need advise on how to get this tooth out. I've tried using a string and pliers. I CANNOT go to the dentist again. I have been to the dentist I don't have thousands of dollars. Thanks.
There is not a dental clinic near near me. No dentist will work with me on a payment plan- I've looked for years.
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There is no help here. I live in a small town. I was turned down for medicare. (that's how my kids see the dentist)

The dentist will not touch the tooth without doing the cleaning. I do plan on calling her and begging for help.

get as drunk as you possibly can

*lil miss*
have u tried going on the waiting list at ur local dential hospital? my mum has been on the waiting list for a while and shes finally got in to get a new denture. my brother had his teeth pulled out atfter bein on the list for a few months. it didnt cost her nothing coz shes on a pension so the government pays it for her. u said medicare, so im takin a guess ur in australia? try going to the base dental clinic in ur area and getting it done.

and what dentist did i got to that charged $1600?!? no dentist should charge that!

ACK! Sorry my mouth was having sympathy pains.

There is such a thing as Care Credit (medical credit card/plan) you can use. Most dentists SHOULD know about it. I have to be honest with you a good pair of pliers might do the trick but I'd get someone to do it for you as I don't see how you can possibly do it on your own.

Also be careful. A tooth infection is a HUGE deal. Back in the day many people died when the infection hit their blood stream. I know because at work we examine mummies (from all times) and often find out when the x rays come back that a tooth infection gone wrong was the cause of their death. So at the very least get some form of penicillin to take a few days prior and after you pull the tooth.

From what i have seen in the dentist office and talked to him about, you need to break the tooth away from the gum 1st, try getting someone to help, nursefreind or someone. Use something to get the tooth off of the gum, then use the pliers to pull the tooth out, will be very painful though!!! I have used vodka as a mouth wash when i had an absess tooth, not drink it just rinse, of course if the pain is bad enough, i think i would drink it also. :D

Barkley Hound
If you break the tooth off below the gum line you may end up needing surgery. Don't do it yourself. I can't imagine a cleaning and pulling a tooth costing over $500. Find another dentist.

Pulling Your Own Teeth

Even though it may sound very odd and downright compelling, a lot of people actually try to extract their own teeth. Toothache pain can be very painful and very frustrating, making you try anything to get relief. Depending on how bad the pain is, you'll be more than willing to do just about anything you can to get the pain to stop. Abscesses or really bad cavities are among the worst, as the pain never seems to let up - no matter what you do.

In the old days, teeth were extracted by pliers, as there were no dentists around. During these times, people would get drunk on alcohol and then the teeth would be extracted. There was no such thing as anesthesia back then, so it was impossible to locally numb the pain. These days though, local anesthesia is the best way to numb a toothache before pulling the tooth. If you attempt to pull a tooth yourself, you'll feel the pain no matter what you do.

There are situations however, in which you can pull your own teeth. Baby teeth for example, are acceptable to pull. Before you yank it out though, you should check on the age of when the tooth in question should be removed. If you wiggle the tooth around and it appears to be loose, then chances are it will come out without a problem. On the other hand, if you pull the tooth and it turns out to be an abscess, you'll end up with a real problem and your hands and you'll need to visit a dentist as soon as you can.

Another situation in which it is acceptable to pull your own teeth is when you have a severe case of gum disease. Gum disease can cause the socket and the bone to become extremely decayed, which will result in the destruction of the tooth. If the gum disease is severe enough, the tooth will be extremely loose and will come out without a problem. In some cases, the tooth can be almost unbearable to the touch. If you have gum disease and notice a loose tooth, you should be careful when pulling it. If you don't do it properly or if you do it too soon, you could end up breaking the top of the tooth. If this happens, you'll need to go to the dentist to have the remaining portion of the tooth cut out.

Even though a tooth may feel loose when you touch it, doesn't always mean that you can grab a pair of pliers and rip it out. Teeth are very delicate. If you try to rip a tooth out with pair of pliers and make a mistake, you should end up doing more harm than good. Putting pliers in your mouth can also lead to an infection, which would send you to the dentist. Abscesses on the other hand, should never be dealt with on your own - you'll need to go to a dentist to have him properly extract the tooth and give you some antibiotics to stop the infection.

To be on the safe side and avoid any potential problems that could easily arise, you should always go to the dentist if you have a toothache. No matter how bad the pain may be, you should never attempt to pull the tooth yourself. Your dentist can numb the area before he pulls the tooth, so you'll feel no pain at all. He will also prescribe you some pain medicine and antibiotics as well, to help treat any infection you may have. If you attempt to pull the tooth yourself, you'll only cause more problems in the end - and end up going to a dentist anyway.

Definitely not something I'd recommend doing but in the days before modern medical practices dentists used to tie string round a tooth and the other end to a door handle then slam the door shut. They'd also do the same thing but get a donkey to pull on the string.

If you absolutely have no option put to pull your tooth out then get someone to do it for you - ideally someone with at least basic medical knowledge. A freind who's a nurse or something.

Pulling a tooth can cause more damage, not to mention pain and discomfort. Speak to a doctor, dentist, health authority about where you can get free or reduced cost dental care. If there's a dental school near you then try that, I know in some places they perform dental work for free whilst students study what the dentist is doing.

Tell us where you are and we will find someone to help you.
No decent dentist would make you have a cleaning before pulling out an infected tooth, especially if you are short of cash.
There are a lot of dentists out there that could help you. Let us know where you are and the people on this site can help you find a friendly one.
You can't pull your own tooth out properly, even if you are numb. If you are talking about a molar, and if it is already broken, then it will be difficult enough with proper equipment and anaesthetic.
Don't even attempt to pull out a molar tooth on your own!!!
All the stories you hear of people pulling out their own teeth are usually either old wives tales or the tooth had a gum infection that made it loose already.

pliers and a very strong person..and hope to heck the root is not curved around your jaw bone....(tried to pull one myself... it would have worked if the root hadn't been around the jaw bone)...by the way..it was a mess....extremely painful and I ended up at a dentist anyway..after the trip to the ER where a doctor proceeded to lecture me because the area had infection in it.......let me say this again --IT WAS EXTREMELY PAINFUL .....

my suggestion is to keep calling around ...outside your state if you have to...ask them up front how much to pull a tooth-let them know from the start you don't want anything but the tooth out-..tell them you have no insurance and money is an issue......

Can you list what city you're in? Maybe someone knows someone who can help. I'd try contacting someone with social services to see if they can help you. It varies alot by state. There are some dentists and doctors that can help through state programs, again it varies by state, but if you have a computer as you obviously do (or have access to one) you should be able to find out. If you list your state maybe someone can find some info for you. Hope you get the help you need, teeth problems are very nasty to suffer through.

Jen D
I took some of mine out myself before I had them all pulled but they were loose. I lost a couple front ones when I was 13, and they were my permanent teeth. I had really bad teeth all thru school, so soon as I got out of high school I went straight to a clinic and had all of them pulled out. I still don't have any teeth and that was going on 3 years ago, but it's a lot better than having bad teeth tht hurt. I don't think I look bad without teeth and at least I can eat and talk ok, so I'm really not in a hurry to spend a lot of money I don't have to get teeth and can do ok without.

Atheist Eye Candy
hmmm dont do it on your own.

There is more than 1 dentist. Find one who won't do the cleaning. I got one. I did have one that demanded that cleaning be the first order of business. And then X rays. Didn't like that
The dentist I have now, won't take X rays cause I would rather they not. My old dentist hardly ever did xrays, only when I had a pain and he could not visibly see a reason.
What I am saying is there ain't no one method. So talk to them. Mine also will take a payment plan. So, that is not an absolute truth.
A molar can't come out with string.

well, you should ask your kids dentist what to do on your own...tell him that you dont have the money and there is no other option and if he doesnt advise you on how to do it on your own then you will most likely really hurt yourself...that way he will give you professional advise or maybe if your really lucky he will take pitty on you and feel really responsible with what might happen to you and do it for free.

You need to call the same dentist that you saw, who charged you for an office visit, only to tell you that you need a deep root cleaning and tell them you want the tooth out, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Tell them you are in pain and they have an obligation to you, as you are her patient and she is your Doctor. There is a legal contract between Dentist and patients when they agree to treat you, which she has just by seeing you. If that doesn't work then report her to the Dental Board in your State and let her office know of your intentions to do so if your not treated. And do just that if your not seen. They will find you a dentist who will be willing to help you. There are other alternatives than "do it your self dentistry." Hope I've given you an option to research to resolve your problem. Good luck.

Ok first of all I KNOW you can get help at a hospital or with a dentist. And you have the right to tell the dentist no to the cleaning and just get the extraction.

Call your local health and welfare agency for you county and talk to them. They can help you locate a dentist that can help you.

David B
Im sorry you just cant...you cant get the right tool and appropriate angles on it. check with social service agencies in the area and see if they have any resources that can help you.

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