(Closed) Question re: dental work and TTC

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Where did you hear that? One has nothing to do with the other, so I wouldn’t give it another thought. Since you’ve had an exam and cleaning,you’ve already taken the steps needed to help prevent gum disease and to reduce the amount of bacteria present in your mouth. It’s better to have the areas of decay treated now than to neglect them,potentially causing additional problems (such as needing a root canal to save the tooth or even an extraction). You should postpone anything elective such as tooth whitening, tho, since your gum tissue and teeth may be more sensitive with fluctuating hormones (once pregnant).

The only precautions one needs to take may be during the first trimester, but even those are limited. Xrays are safe when covered with a lead shield, but most offices won’t take them anyway, and no nitrous should be administered,( but again,those are only once you’re pregnant).

Post # 4
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think the advice you’ve heard is more directed at major dental work being completed before you are pregnant so you don’t have to be completely sedated or have serious pain meds.  Just getting cavities filled before you are pregnant shouldn’t be a big deal since it is a simple in and out procedure with local anesthetic if anything.

Post # 5
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I had a cavity filled right after I found out I was pregnant (like, the day afterwards. I found out between the time I went in for my initial cleaning, and the time I went back for the cavity filling!)

The only difference was that they used a different anesthetic on me b/c I was pregnant. You could let them know that there’s a possibility you’re pregnant, and ask them to take the same precautions that they’d take with any preggo lady.

Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it either way, but especially if you alert them to take the extra precautions, I think you’re totally fine. Plus, pregnancy can wreak havoc on your dental hygiene and your mouth, so I’d really advise getting everything taken care of now!

Post # 6
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had to skip xrays once during a TWW when I wasn’t sure if I was pregnant.  But I haven’t heard anything about cavities.

Post # 7
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I didn’t hear anything about dental work while TTC. My thought, if it is just two cavities that can be done with local anesthetic, to get them done now. Being pregnant and breatfeeding can really pull a lot of calcium from your body, so it’s likely that those two caveities could turn into a much larger problem if you waited long to get them fixed. But I’d call your obgyn and dentist just to be sure.

Post # 8
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

No problem while TTC, but once you are pregnant they often defer dental work.  I had to have my chipped tooth repaired after I delivered because they didn’t want to work on in in my 3rd trimester 🙁

Get it done sooner rather than later, that way you have healthy teeth and gums when you have your baby.  Good dental health is very important and has even been shown to predict overall health!

Post # 10
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I know you already got your answer, but my friend had to get a cavity filled without novacaine because she was pregnant… so get ’em done now!!

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