Post # 1
I am 4w2d pregnant, and my dentist told me that I have an infected tooth that needs to be pulled. She gave me a prescription for penicillian for the infection and told me to ask my obgyn when a good time would be to extract it and give me a bridge. I have an appointment with my ob on Friday, so I’m going to wait to talk to him before I take the medicine or do anything. I’m just really worried about the whole procedure. But I am also worried of not getting it done, because I’ve read that bad oral health can affect the baby as well. I’m freaking out. Did any of you have dental work done when you were pregnant? Do you think it is safe? What would you do?
Post # 3
I had a cleaning around 18 weeks or so. When I asked my OB if it was safe, she said definitely and it’s definitely recommended. My dentist told me that they try to weigh the risks to the pregnancy before recommending a dental procedure. Meaning that if it’s something that can wait till after the baby is born, they will. BUt, if it’s something that can affect the baby/pregnancy, then they try to get it taken care of ASAP. Good luck!
Post # 4
My dentist won’t do anything involving freezing or xrays during pregnancy.
Post # 5
With my first I had a tooth that cracked and part of it fell off, was in a lot of pain. They took x-rays doubled up on the aprons for me, and then ended up having it yanked. Local anesthesia (novocaine) to your mouth does not affect a pregnancy.
Post # 6
Awesome! That’s what I wanted to hear!
Post # 7
Did you tell your dentist you were pregnant? Also, here in Australia, any prescription drug comes with a heap of documentation, including whether to use it if pregnant. (I know this because I just got penicillin for my daughter the other day). Worst case, you could buy the prescription and then read the documentation and decide whether to have it. Otherwise speak to either your dentist or obgyn first.
I had to (or better, was advised to) delay getting pregnant because of having an operation under general anesthetic. Local sounds OK (like PP says) but again best to tell dentist you’re pregnant.
Post # 8
Yes the denist knew the whole time I’m pregnant. She’s the one who suggested I talk to my ob first.
Post # 9
@Max04092010: I have a cavity and need some fillings replaced. My dentist found this out at 7 weeks. She wrote a note to my ob. She said normally it’s ok to dondental work in ghe second trimester. I gave the note to my doc on Monday (I kept forgetting to give it to the ob) and the ob gave me a note to give to my dentist clearing me for certain types of medications and proceedures (I’m 14 weeks).
Post # 10
@Izzy81: Yep, I had the same experience. I had to get a crown put on while still in my first trimester. There is one random kind of painkiller they can’t use on you, but I can’t remember what right now, it’s not something most dentists use anyways. But novacaine is fine! And if they need to do x-rays ask if you can wear two of the things they put over you for protection, that’s what mine did.
Post # 11
I just had a cleaning at about 6 weeks. I was due for an X-ray, but they didn’t do it after finding out I was pregnant.
Post # 12
A close friend of mine had a pretty intense root canal while she was pregnant but before she knew that she was pregnant. She worried terribly after she found out but her baby was born 3 weeks ago totally healthy.
Post # 13
I had a tooth chip and went to the dentist in December, ended up need a root canal and 2 fillings. Had the root canal when I was 9 weeks and went back to have my crown put on and the 2 fillings around 12 weeks. She gave me antibiotics so my tooth didn’t get infected after the root canal, I only took 1/2 of them because I was worried about the baby (even thought I know it was fine to take them and she said it would be really bad for the baby if my tooth got infected, but it didn’t hurt and I still had the other 1/2 in case it did). From what I hear it’s totally safe, and if you’re not sure just be sure to let your dentist know you’re pregnant and ask what they think. They took x-rays before and after each time, the x-rays aren’t near your tummy and even if they were they’re not strong enough to hurt the baby. Good luck!