Most dental services and procedures, including dental x-rays, tooth extractions, dental fillings, and dental cleanings, can be done during pregnancy safely, with tooth extractions recommended during your second or third trimester. Fillings should be discussed with your dentist beforehand.
What happens if you have a cavity while pregnant?
Pregnant women have an increased risk for severe tooth decay if cavities are left untreated. When cavities are left to fester in the mouth, they lead to severe tooth decay in which bacteria reaches the inner parts of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels live (the pulp).
Is dental anesthesia safe during pregnancy?
Oral health care, including having dental radiographs taken and being given local anesthesia, is safe at any point during pregnancy.
Why can’t you have dental work done while pregnant?
Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe but are recommended. The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums.
What dental procedures can you get while pregnant?
Your dentist may recommend routine dental work like fillings, root canals or having teeth pulled. These treatments are sometimes needed to reduce the chance of infection and are generally okay during pregnancy. Along with treatment comes the need to reduce any associated pain.
Can I remove a tooth while pregnant?
But if your tooth is too badly damaged by decay or injury to be repaired, it could put your oral health at risk and should be removed. Extractions can be performed any time during pregnancy, but your dentist may recommend the second trimester as the ideal time.
Are white fillings free when pregnant?
Dental treatment on the NHS is free during pregnancy and for a year after your baby is born, so it’s definitely a good opportunity to make sure your mouth is in tip top shape. “It is important to look after your dental health when you are pregnant,” says MFM’s GP Dr Philippa Kaye.
Can dental work cause miscarriage?
In our opinion, there is no increased risk for miscarriage with dental care and we don’t recommend delaying needed treatment. If major dental work or elective orthodontics is planned, patients might wish to consider waiting until after delivery. This is our general recommendation with most medical procedures.
Can you lay on your back at the dentist while pregnant?
If you do need dental work during the third trimester, don’t lie on your back. This puts pressure on your vena cava nerve which can limit blood flow to the fetus and can make you feel dizzy or nauseas.
Can tooth decay harm my unborn baby?
Cavities (also called tooth decay or caries).
You can pass the bacteria that causes cavities to your baby during pregnancy and after birth. This can cause problems for your baby’s teeth later in life.
Do I need to tell my dentist I’m pregnant?
Tell your dentist (and doctor) if you are pregnant. Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedure can be done, as well. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery.
Should you get dental xrays while pregnant?
The amount of radiation used in a dental X-ray is very low and, according to both the American Dental Association and the American Pregnancy Association, is not enough to cause any harm to a pregnant woman or her baby.
Is the dentist free when pregnant?
You’re entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you’re pregnant when you start your treatment and for 12 months after your baby is born.
What can a pregnant woman take for a toothache?
Treatments for Toothache when Pregnant
- Aloe Vera: Known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, the plant can help reduce bacterial growth and lessen any gum swelling you may experience during pregnancy.
- Milk: Calcium and Vitamin K, both found in milk, are essential for gum health.