Post # 1
I have been told to stay away from having dental procedures while pregnant. So last month I broke a tooth. I’ve been dealing with it ok, but today it’s throbbing to the point where I can’t really do anything, but think and agonize over the pain. Did anyone else have dental work while pregnant? I have call into my midwife, but I’m wondering if I should call the dentist in the mean time.
With that said, I also hate the dentist and don’t go as often as I should. The whole thing scares the crap out of me.
Post # 3
You can still have dental work while pregnant but certain procedures like the dental xrays and certain shots they might give you can be harmful to the baby especially in the first trimester. I was told that if I really needed to get an xray I had to wear a double layer of the protective body shield that they give you. if you call the dentist and let them know you are pregnant they can discuss your options with you
Post # 4
When I was pregnant I broke a part off of one of my wisdom teeth. They double layered me during the x-rays and then I had it pulled out. Some procedures can’t be done but if you want the tooth pulled I see no reason you wouldn’t be able to.
Post # 5
I had one of my wisdom teeth break a few months ago, they didn’t do any xray or anything before they pulled it, just numbed my gums with novocaine and pulled. I took tylenol or motrin for the next couple days.
Post # 6
I went to the dentist a few weeks ago for my regular checkup. He didn’t do any xrays, but looked around and said that it all looked good and cleaned my teeth. I’m supposed to call them back after I have the baby and we will check everything again.
Post # 7
I called and they are taking me in, in 45 minutes. I can’t take it!!!
@Izzy81: I hope you’re right. It’s a molar I think all the way in the back. They can just take the tooth if that’s what they need to do and I will worry about it afterwards.
Post # 8
I had a root canal done when I was 7 months along. When they did the x-rays, they doubled up on the vest just as a precaution but from what I’ve read, there’s no real dangers with x-rays. I think it’s the same as the airport scanners- you get more exposure to dangerous rays from sun exposure. The only thing that sucked was not being able to take any painkillers afterwards.
Post # 9
Of course you can have dental work done while pregnant, and actually should have your regular cleanings and checkups. Clearing up any bacteria in your mouth is more healthy for both you and the baby. Any active infection should be cleared up while pregnant too.
Good luck! You’ll be fine. 🙂
Post # 10
I had a root canal while I was in the first trimester.
Post # 11
I’ve literally just had a root canal done in the last month and I’m now eleven weeks pregnant. Both my midwife and my dentist told me that any of the “over the counter” stuff they give you at the dentist (injections etc) should cause you or your baby any harm.
I say get it done !
Post # 12
So I went. They gave me a temporary filling (will last a month or so) with the plan to give me a root canal. I just talked to my midwife and she said that I can have it, but they can’t put me under. The biggest concern with me, is that I’m allergic to tylenol. So afterwards, I won’t be able to take anything I will just have to deal with it. However, I have relief now! So decisions can be made over the next couple of weeks.
Post # 13
Glad you went and have gotten some relief. They won’t put you under for a RC, and will use exactly what they used today to get you numb (I’m assuming they did,right?)
I’ve had 4 of them and never needed anything for any pain afterwards. Sometimes there’s some soreness at the injection site or your jaw from keeping your mouth open, but usually little pain as the nerve tissue has been removed.
Glad you’re feeling better now.
Post # 14
@mwitter80: I’m glad you got into the dentist! It’s never good to just let a tooth go, the only thing that’s going to happen is it will get worse. Dental x-rays are so low dose and not in the area of concern, that with a leaded apron on, you should have minimal concerns. I would definitely have the root canal done rather than get the tooth extracted. You only have so many molars to lose, and you do the majority of your chewing with those teeth. It puts more pressure on the rest of your teeth if you have them extracted. I have had two root canals and had NO pain afterward. I think the pain associated with them is more because of the pain a “hot tooth” causes before hand. After cleaning out the canals and removing the nerve and blood supply, there is nothing left in the tooth to cause pain. Make sure you get a crown on the tooth soon after baby is born though since it’s a molar. Root canals significantly weaken the tooth since so much internal structure has to be removed to reach the canals. They are susceptible to fracture without a crown on them.
That being said, i’m actually in dental school and 15 weeks pregnant. I have been taking x-rays of my patients all along, just using protection like leaded walls and aprons. The dosage of each xray is so low, I don’t have any concerns with something being wrong.
Post # 15
@ItWasntMe: Thank you for posting this. I had a RC months before I got pregnant, moved to a new location, and then never came around to getting a crown afterwards. Well I’m 24 weeks pregnant now and that tooth chipped a few weeks ago. I hate the dentist and just avoiding it!
I know I should go, I know I should call, but I just can’t bring myself to it. I’ve heard it’s fine for baby, but I’m just paranoid since it’s my first. But I have a 4 months left before baby’s EDD, I know I can’t wait until then because I can feel the filling reciding. I know I won’t want to get it done after just giving birth either so that’s another month … 5 months realistically if I wait to have the baby.
Argh. Did they use injections? Did they do x-rays at all? I’m happy you’re feeling better!