(Closed) Dental work during pregnancy

posted 7 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

    Go ahead with the dentist appointment and TTC simultaneously

    Postpone dental appointment until 3rd trimester or later


  • Post # 17
    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I work in a dental office as a dental assistant and we do fillings on pregnant women every day, it is completely safe. Their are actually studies that show the bacteria in your mouth can be harmful to the baby so cleanings while pregnant are highly recommended to benefit you and thBarbary.

    Post # 18
    1401 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Talk to your OB. I was able to get a cleaning during my first trimester but I couldn’t get my tooth filled until my second trimester. And my dentist wouldn’t do ANYTHING on my teeth without a note from my OB’s office.

    Post # 19
    380 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m a dentist.  Getting dental work during pregnancy is totally safe.  That being said, if the mother is uncomfortable with the idea of getting dental work I don’t push the issue. 


    During dental school I was taught that only emergency dental care should be provided outside of the second trimester, but when I graduated and did my own research, it became clear that this was not really supported by actual scientific research.  The California Dental Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a 2010 report that went into a lot of detail about the safety of dental work (summary:  it’s safe and actually recommended).   So the problem is that even though it’s safe, you will run into dentists that recommend against routine dental work during pregnancy.  I can only assume that people recommend against first trimester work because of the high rate of miscarriage regardless of what you do, and the discomfort of laying on your back in the third. 


    Post # 20
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I got a cavity filled and a root canal done when I was in my first trimester. I had started the process before I found out I was pregnant. My dentist covered my body with a lead blanket when he did the radios, and I just really focused on staying relaxed through the process (which took 7 different appointments!).

    The reason I had these two bad teeth was because I’m scared of the dentist in the first place and I hadn’t gone in a while! Never again!

    I think you should go ahead and do it now. Like others say, a cavity is a point of entry for bacteria into your body. Good luck for everything!

    Post # 21
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    OP, please ask you OB.  I am in the general camp of “assume you are not pregnant until you know you are-”  (within reason) just for sanity’s sake.  I would keep the appointment, and you can always cancel if you get knocked up 🙂  Are you super uncomfy though?  I would keep the appointment, talk to OB, and wait and see 🙂  Best sticky baby dust to you!

    Post # 22
    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I just had a cavity filled at 22w. I opted out of x rays but def wanted my cavity filled. I didn’do accept any pain meds or numbing shots and it wasn’t too bad :). i had my cleaning that day too. 

    make sure you go to your regular cleanings. Dental care is so important during pregnancy.

    Post # 23
    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    You could have it filled without novacaine, it’s really not that bad at all. I’ve three cavaties at once done and it was bearable.I really hate needles and when I did get novacaine it didn’t work until an hour later when the procedure was done. 

    A root canal is a different story, but a cavaity isn’t even close to as bad as labour. It’s just kind of like a little stinging or burning and it only took like 5 minutes to fill each one. 

    Post # 24
    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would get it filled and taken care of ASAP and wait to TTC until it’s taken care of. I would rather be safe and cautious. 

    Post # 26
    758 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @mysterybee123:  My dentist didn’t want to do any work until I was in my second trimester.  so I went back at 13 weeks. But my cavities were not causing me pain.

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