Can I pull off a broken tooth myself?

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by A Digging Ape, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. I have an upper tooth which has broken in 3 stages . . 2 sections broke
    off over the past couple of weeks and now the final section broke off
    this morning. The problem is that this last broken section of the tooth
    is hanging on to the gum somehow, I guess it has broken off below the
    gum line. The tooth itself doesn't hurt but the broken chunk is wobbling
    back and forth and driving me NUTS and the gum area feels a bit
    inflammed. I can barely close my mouth and can't eat solid food, and I'm
    not sure I can do another day of just soup and jello. Problem is I'm a
    mining engineer working at an isolated site. I have made an appointment
    with my dentist back home to have this tooth taken care on my next
    rotation out, but that's not for another 12 days and I'm sure not going
    to request an emergency medivac for this. So I'm really tempted to get a
    pair of needle nose pliers and yank this hanging tooth section off so I
    can at least eat again. So what will happen, will I bleed to death? Yah,
    I know I'm probably making all the dentists cringe, but please try to be
    kind as I don't have the "normal" options available up here.
    A Digging Ape, Feb 18, 2007
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  2. A Digging Ape

    George Guest

    Steve, I think the OP means he wants to remove the fractured part, not
    the whole tooth.

    George, Feb 18, 2007
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  3. George wrote:
    Yes, as I said, I want to pull off "the hanging section" that's clinging
    to the gum, not the base of the tooth. There's no pain and no infection
    that I'm aware of. My only concern is ripping the gum where the hanging
    section is attached to it. How do dentists get the gum to detach cleanly
    when extracting a whole tooth?
    A Digging Ape, Feb 18, 2007
  4. Problem appears to have been handled for now without needing to have an
    adventure in medeival dentistry. Our site paramedics aren't allowed to
    do anything with teeth or gums unless it's basically life threatening
    but they did manage to find some temporary filling material for me in
    the supply cabinets. I rinsed as best I could with listerine to
    hopefully wash out any crud in the break and then moulded the filling
    paste to stabilize the broken piece to the base of the tooth. So far it
    seems to be holding rock solid and hopefully will continue to until I
    can get to my dentist's office. Anyway I can eat solid food again.
    Thanks to all for the suggestions and input.
    A Digging Ape, Feb 19, 2007
  5. A Digging Ape

    Newbie Guest

    On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 14:12:11 GMT, A Digging Ape <> wrote:
    We separate the gum from the tooth with a periosteal elevator.

    Without seeing it cannot recommend either way.
    Newbie, Feb 19, 2007
  6. A Digging Ape

    Newbie Guest

    On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 14:12:11 GMT, A Digging Ape <> wrote:

    If you decide to try this use a 'twisting' motion to try to separate the
    tooth fragment from the gum.
    Newbie, Feb 19, 2007
  7. A Digging Ape

    Newbie Guest

    On Mon, 19 Feb 2007 02:14:45 GMT, A Digging Ape <> wrote:

    OK good news.

    Best wishes,
    Newbie, Feb 19, 2007
  8. A Digging Ape

    barnesds Guest

    A Digging Ape <> wrote in news:qoQBh.92077
    I cannot answer to your tolerance of pain, nor how bad your teeth are
    overall. I have had bad teeth for years. They were not bad teeth, but
    they were crooked teeth due to an accident and I chose to let them die,
    because I could not make them look pretty.

    Silly reason to have bad teeth when the teeth were healthy, but just out
    of order due to the accident. I could not afford to have them straight
    so I chose to let them die. At 52 I have done a lot of things to my

    I have taken a pocket knife to my teeth and dug out root portions with a
    lot of Whiskey in my body. You can get drunk and do what you are asking
    and you will not bleed to death. You will feel a little pain next
    morning, but it will go away quick. The pain you will feel is not having
    a tooth, not from an open sore. You will probably feel better.

    It will be up to you - it will hurt - even with whiskey, but you will not

    barnesds, Feb 23, 2007
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