(Closed) Dental work during pregnancy

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: How would you handle TTC and dental work?
    Wait to TTC after dentist appointment--start in July instead of May : (7 votes)
    18 %
    Go ahead with the dentist appointment and TTC simultaneously : (33 votes)
    83 %
    Postpone dental appointment until 3rd trimester or later : (0 votes)
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    287 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    the first trimester is already filled with aches and pains…a tooth ache may just be too much to handle.  I would take care of the tooth first.  A happy mamma is a happy baby!

    Post # 4
    1285 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    What does your OB say? If the OB says to go ahead, you should. Infections, even minor dental infections, can decrease the ability to conceive.

    Post # 5
    5755 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Fix it while it is still relatively minor. Waiting will increase your chance for pain, infection and much more expensive and extensive treatment.

    Post # 6
    384 posts
    Helper bee

    talk to ur OB.


    Post # 7
    1409 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Talk to your OB but I would fix it asap. Having it get infected & abscess would not be good during pregnancy either and could require something more than a basic filling.

    Post # 8
    248 posts
    Helper bee

    I agree with PP’s and think you should talk to your OB. Online information is conflicting about most things and when it comes to pregnancy it’s 100x worse.

    I don’t know where you live but in our area we have a phone number you can call and speak directly to a nurse. It is supposed to slow down emergency room wait times- my FSIL used it throughout her pregnancy for questions like this. If the nurse doesn’t know an answer to your question they tell you they will call you back at a set time after speaking to a doctor who works in the field your calling about. 

    Either way- seek out a professional. It will put your mind at rest!

    Post # 10
    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I had a filling done in my first trimester and it was no problem. My midwife told me that there was one specific kind of numbing agent the dentist couldn’t safely use – I really don’t remember what it was now, sorry, but novacaine is fine.


    Honestly, you’ll find some sources that say pretty much EVERYTHING is dangerous during pregnancy. Some is legitimate but much of it is just hype and completely over the top. I made sure I picked a good doctor whose opinion I trusted, and just went with what she said.

    Post # 11
    2876 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    take care of it asap before it gets worse. most dental work is safe during pregnancy with the exception of complete sedation/general anasthetic. local ones are generally fine (any exceptions would be known by the dentist)

    Post # 13
    1309 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I had a cavity filled when I was at about 7-8 weeks. I talked to my midwife and my dentist and they both said it was fine. Just be sure to tell your dentist that you’re pregnant and he/she will take extra precautions.

    Post # 14
    9145 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @mysterybee123:  I would wait.  If you are lucky and get pregnant right away then you might end up having to wait until after the pregnancy to treat the tooth pain.  Can you handle 10+ months of tooth pain?  It might be even more if you are planning to breastfeed.  I just wouldn’t take the chance with dental procedures and pregnancy.

    Post # 15
    18 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m a dental hygienist and licensed to administer local anesthesia. There are certain types of anesthetics that are perfectly safe to use on pregnant women and will have no side effects. I would not be worried about anything 🙂 If you think you are pregnant or trying to conceive, just let the doctor know as you should not get any x-rays. Also, do not use nitrous oxide in a dental office during pregnancy. Hope that helps 🙂

    Post # 16
    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Just going by what I was told – my dentist would not preform dental work in the first trimester.  I just got a root canal at 27 weeks and he was fine doing that because I was further along.  MY OB faxed a list of safe meds to him and that was about it,  If you’re concerned about having it done in the first trimester I would put off TTC for another cycle and get this taken care of first.

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