(Closed) Pregnant and getting emergency dental work…the HORROR! (Vent)

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Busy bee
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snowflake8 :  does anyone put people to sleep for pulling out teeth? I am confused, in my experience it’s always just local anesthesia.

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alliegeeb :  That was harsh and uncalled-for, don’t you think?

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snowflake8 :  I’m so sorry you had to go through this! I had a bunch of major dental work done last year, and even with adequate anesthesia, it was MISERABLE. Especially afterward. I have a low dental pain tolerance and thought it was just me, but my dentist told me that recovery is difficult for everyone whenever a tooth is coming out, being crowned, etc. just by nature of the body’s healing process. I hope you’re feeling better and taking good care of yourself today.

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snowflake8 :  Awwww beeeee 😒😒😒 *hugs* it hurt just reading this. I am extra sensitive when it comes to dental work so this story is absolutelly horrifying. I hope you feel better soon. Also eat some ice cream, it should have been prescribed! 😊

Post # 21
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Helper bee

Really, valium for having a tooth pulled out? :O I have had most of my dental work done in Western Europe and including having many teeth pulled as a chidl and later having wisdom teeth removed surgically, I’ve only ever been given local anesthesia. It’s interesting how practices differ! Anyway, back to the topic, it’s done now and it will soon be just a distant memory and you don’t have to worry about infections or getting dental work done post-partum!

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Sugar bee

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snowflake8 :  I wondered, because I think the official stance here must be that it’s okay (to have a root canal while pregnant) since I know at least 3 people who’ve had root canals while pregnant! Though maybe the degree of infection/danger of infection was more extreme in their cases.

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alliegeeb :  ya, gums are a lot more sensitive during pregnancy too. I’m embarrassed to admit I cried during a cleaning a few days ago ( 29 weeks pregnant). My gums have never hurt so bad and she kept missing and nicking gums. I consider myself to have a higher pain tolerance but do have a phobia of doctors and dentists from past expereinces. OP, I am so sorry to hear about your expereince πŸ™

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Bumble Beekeeper
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I am so sorry you had to go through this. I find dental work to be dreadful (and I’ve had plenty of it).

And not to make things any worse, as I am sure you are already considering this, but it is the procedure you will need after you have your LO that would trouble me. You will surely need either an implant or a bridge, and those are no fun, either. 

Just as a side note, dentists who do substandard work are a pet peeve of mine. I take my children to the dentist every six months like clockwork, and the dentist had never mentioned anything was wrong. Finally my son was in pain and I made an apointment for him with a different dentist (emergency, and they could get him in immediately). That dentist told us that DS needed to have two caps put on and a tooth pulled, and that he would not do it because he thought DS should go to a pediatric specialist. I took him to the specialist and sure enough, he needed extensive work done. So what was the use of taking him to the other dentist when they never told us anything was wrong? If he’d had a filling in those teeth when the problem was small, there never would have been a bigger problem, but the dentist literally sat by and watched those teeth decay. It makes me so angry, even now. Anyway, I have continued to take my kids to the specialist after that!

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Buzzing bee
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echomomm :  i think there is a growing problem in medical malpractice in all forms of doctors. Ive heard and read HORROR stories about dentists not giving a hoot about the patient and seeing them as a cash cow for every tooth they pull and filling they fill. I always get a second opinion if my dentist recommends serious work. 

im not a dentist and maybe she left out details, but im confused why she wasnt recommended a root canal first over pulling the tooth right away. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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I had two wisdom teeth pulled at 35 weeks pregnant. My doctor said it was okay and my dentist said it was okay. I had to take a less potent but pregnancy safe pain killer after the surgery, but I was absolutely able to have major dental work while pregnant. I was given the appropriate amount of numbing — did you talk to your OB? You shouldn’t have had to feel anything.

 

Kslim13 :  — Root canals are pricy, and the crowns they have to put on them cost almost as much as the root canal itself. Maybe that’s why.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
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Sorry you went through this. I’d be looking for a new dentist in the future though, because it sounds like they gave you questionable advice… I’ve had 3 root canals 😁 and I never required any pain killers. In fact the endodontist who performed my RC won’t even prescribe painkillers for root canals. All of them were done with local anesthetic (novacaine) and honestly, the novacaine injection was the most painful part of the procedure! I also had to have a temporary crown for several months because I had exhausted my dental benefits for the year and didn’t want to pay out of pocket. It didn’t have to be replaced, I just avoided chewing with that tooth until my new benefits were effective and I could get the permenant crown. What’s done is done, so don’t feel bad about your decision, but I just wanted to warn you that you might want to look into a new provider in the future. I’ve had some very unpleasant experiences as a result of going to the wrong dentist! Going to the right one makes all the difference!

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
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Kslim13 :  this is weird to me too. Every dentist I have ever seen considers pulling an adult permenant tooth to be a last resort (exception being wisdom teeth) They always advocate for saving the tooth first if at all possible. 

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Bumble Beekeeper
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Kslim13 :  Oh, that is aboslutely true, too. The only reason I didn’t suspect that in the case of my son was that first, my son was in pain from those teeth. Second, the dentist who noticed the problems is not in any way affiliated with the specialist (who is in a larger city about 40 miles away), and so there was no benefit to him to telling us that my son needed a lot of work done. And finally, the specialist we took him to has done all of two fillings (in addition to regular cleanings and the occasional x-ray) for all three of my children in the now 8 years we’ve been seeing him. So he’s not anxious to do any work that isn’t necessary. But you are right that unnecessary procedures are taking place everywhere in the medical system simply because they’re more money in the coffers of large hospitals (usually the worst culprits in this practice).

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alliegeeb :  how many teeth have you had pulled? Just because you see it every day doesn’t make it no big deal to the patient.

i had a tooth pulled prior to being pregnant. I had Xanax, gas(turned up high), and I was sufficiently numbed. I still freaked out- full on panic attack and felt it come out too. Ugh it really is awful and so sorry!

im 10 weeks and last week broke my tooth. It needs a root canal which they said they would do if necessary but I went with the temp crown/filling. Hopefully this will last until I can be heavily sedated for the root canal/ crown :/

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