Post # 1
I’ve heard it is best to get all of your dental work done before you get pregnant. We’re actively TTC however I just went to the dentist for my cleaning and found out that I have to get two cavities filled. I’m going to call the dentist and ask about the safety while TTC (I forgot to while I was there) but wonder if any of you know if it is safe to have dental work while TTC or if we should wait another month…(which would make me sad that we have to wait another month but I’d rather be safe).
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 9
Thanks, ladies!! I’m going to go ahead with the dental work – want those healthy teeth and gums – and with TTC this month!
Post # 10
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!!