Post # 1
So i have a molar that had a root canal and a temporary filling that failed. They could have tried to redo the root canal, but it was likely the tooth would have cracked and had to be pulled anyway. I don’t have great dental coverage, and couldn’t fathom spending 1k for a tooth that’d likely get pulled anyway. So I just left it alone, planning to get it pulled eventually. Then I got pregnant and was going to wait, but the tooth is now bothering me (sore when I’m chewing) and is loose. I just don’t know if I should get it done before the baby comes, or risk it hurting more by waiting. Has anyone else had to have dental work done while pregnant?
Post # 3
Hmm, If you make sure to meniton it to the dentist I can’t imagine they’d do a procedure if it put you or the baby at risk.
Post # 4
I would go in for a consultation and ask your dentist.
I went a couple weeks ago to have two wisdom teeth pulled, I was set up for deep anesthesia (where you go under). But like an idiot I didn’t realize that I would be in my TWW during the appointment. My dentist said even though there is no proven fact that deep anesthesia causes birth defects he just doesn’t know for sure. And ultimately the decision lied with me. To err on the side of caution I opted to go with local anesthesia (Novocaine) which you are still awake but they numb the gums.
Honestly, a lot of pregnancy books I read said to try and get all dental work done before TTC. But these things happen so I don’t if it is or isn’t harmful.
From American Pregnancy Association:
Dental work such as cavity fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time.
Post # 5
I was about 6 months when I had a toothache and it turned out a I needed a root canal or I could have it extracted. But the dentist would not do either until after the baby was born. He said something about being tilted back too long for the procedure was not good for the baby. And he was worried about the freezing. He gave me anitbotics for the infection and that was it. I was not allowed to take anything for the pain other than 1 tylenol. It was HORRIBLE.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Yeah, I think the risk of infection is the main reason why they don’t recommend having any dental work done while pregnant. I would schedule an appointment and see if they can give you another less invasive temp. filling. Good luck!
Post # 7
I had a cavity filled when I was about 5 weeks pregnant- I actually found out I was pregnant between the appoitnment when they found the cavity, and the appointment when they filled it. They said that the only difference was that I would get a different type of local anesthetic that was pregnancy-friendlier.
Post # 8
I have to have some stuff done and was told last month (during a TWW) that they will not do anything except during the 2nd trimester and with a doctor’s approval. Oh, and only certain things they will do while pregnant. I think you are going to need to wait. I think it can be dangerous. I would call your OBGYN and ask him/her. But from what my dentist said, the 2nd trimester is when they generally do some things, but not all. You are in the 3rd trimester (I think?) so I don’t know that you can have anything done until after you deliver.
Post # 9
I had a tooth pulled when I was pregnant, had no problems, just used novacaine(sp), when they took the x-rays the lady also doubled me up on aprons to be doubley safe lol She was such a sweet older lady.
Post # 10
I had 2 wisdom teeth pulled when I was pregnant, the 2nd trimester is best , according to my dentist.
My baby is beautiful and healthy 😀
Post # 11
I was told that you can’t do anything during the 1st trimester, but once you are in the 2nd, you can.
I am actually dealing with this issues also. Had a bunch of dental work planned and I had to cancel when I learned I was pregnant. I have an appointment with my OBGYN today and I am actually going to ask her if it is ok for me to resume my dental work once I am in my 2nd trimester.
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2011 - Catholic Church, Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa
The hard and fast rule is that you only touch someone pregnant after their first trimester and try not to during their third unless they need emergency care. From what you were saying, it doesn’t sound like you have a bad infection or anything, so if you’re in your first tri, you could be OK to wait. If your dentist wasn’t concerned about getting it right away, then I’m sure it’s fine.
Post # 13
I had a cleaning in my second tri, but they put off any dental work until after Cecilia was born.
Post # 14
I have a cleaning scheduled and luckily it falls during my second trimester. It’s great to try to plan ahead and have all work done ahead of time, but as we all know when you’re TTC things don’t always work out according to the schedule you’d like!
My dentist and doctor both said that a cleaning would be fine, and that if any other work needs to be done that we’ll try to put it off until after the baby’s born.
I was also told (by the doctor, not the dentist) not to have any x-rays done while I was there “to be on the safe side” (don’t we all love that term!).
Post # 15
I talked to by OB on Friday and she said that it is fine in your 2nd trimester. She said that using a “local” is safe. This is good news because I have a few cavities I need filled 🙂
Post # 16
I had a tooth cleaning my second trimester, they actually encourage good dental hygiene during pregancy and say if you don’t take care of your teeth it could result in pre-term labor, but I didn’t get anything else done teeth related. Also, no whitening products!