(Closed) dental work while pregnant?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • 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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

  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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
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Worker bee
  • 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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I had a cleaning in my second tri, but they put off any dental work until after Cecilia was born.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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!

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