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Is it wrong to pull my own skin out ?

Asked by Truth_and_Freedom (122points) February 18th, 2011


I am 21 and my wisdom teeth are just coming out. This hurts like hell. But it’s only one side of my tooth, the other wisdom tooth is out already.

This hurts a lot, but the since the tooth is growing now, there is extra skin.

Can I just cut the little extra skin with eyebrow scissors ? You know, the small itty bitty scissors women use to cut their eyebrows with.

Its just dangling there and I don’t know once my tooth grows, if the skin would magically sever by itself, or what, or shrink, I don’t know.

I’m getting the urge to just cut it. Its the skin in my mouth where the wisdom tooth is growing from.


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augustlan's avatar

Do not do this. You risk infection, and infections in the mouth can be quite serious.

Truth_and_Freedom's avatar

It’s just skin hanging there from the wisdom tooth growing, and it’s annoying me. I don’t know what to do. I have the urge to just cut the extra skin off, but I was thinking it could get infected.

coffeenut's avatar

It should shrink on it’s own….

Like @augustlan says….No cutting, your mouth is full of bacteria

podwarp's avatar

Please, please, please see a dentist. There are so many things that can go wrong with trying to “fix” this by yourself as @augustlan was saying.

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WasCy's avatar

Welcome to Fluther.

Don’t do it. If your teeth aren’t hurting and there’s no apparent infection (swelling in the gums, pressure sensitivity on the tooth, shooting pains, etc.) then take something topical (such as Oragel™) or a general pain reliever (such as Aleve™) to get over the pain from the eruption (teething). Or have a drink or two if you’re not driving, since it is Friday night, after all.

Your body knows how to do what it needs to do. It doesn’t need you operating on your gums with scissors. Not only would you not be able to sterilize them properly, which risks infection and much worse pain than you’re dealing with so far (and damage on top of that), but you won’t be able to see to operate as well as you’d like, would probably end up cutting too much or the wrong place, bleed like hell and still not fix whatever the problem is. You could turn a minor inconvenience / annoyance into a real medical emergency.

If you don’t have an acute problem, and feel only some discomfort, then treat that discomfort with pain reliever and let your body do its thing. If things haven’t worked out by Monday, then see a dentist without an appointment (you may have to wait a bit, but dentists generally make time for people with emergency problems, and this doesn’t sound like a big one, anyway – big and tough to treat, anyway), and get it fixed right.

faye's avatar

I don’t think you need a dentist, money, money. But I wouldn’t start surgery on myself, either.

Seelix's avatar

The same kind of thing happened to me when my wisdom teeth were coming in, and it was really annoying. My dentist dad told me that he could cut it off and cauterize it, but he recommended that I just leave it alone. I did, and now it’s gone. I think it just receded somehow – I actually haven’t thought about it since then; your question made me think about it. Don’t worry about it.

Rinse your mouth with salt water to prevent infection – you might inadvertently bite it causing a small cut – and just ride it out. If it gets really painful, see a dentist.

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