N.D. asks from Halethorpe, MD on January 24, 2011
Dental Work While Pregnant - Halethorpe,MD
I am currently 15 weeks pregnant. I am scheduled to get some cavities filled tomorrow. I am scared to death that it is going to hurt since I am cant have novicaine. They can give me somthing different but not sure what it is called. Has anyone had cavities filled while pregnant??
Another question. I am suppose to have a wisdom tooth pulled too. I will be 20 weeks when that happens. Everyone I have talked to has been put asleep while having wisdom teeth pulled & of course I will not be able too. I am losing sleep over this. I am so scare of the pain & the recovery. Help should I wait until the baby is born or am I being a big baby, Thanks
So What Happened?™
I went yesterday & had my cavities filled with no problems. I talked to the dentist about the wisdom tooth & he said it would be fine to put it off until the baby comes. It was up to me. I am going to talk to my OB next week when I go but I am leaning towards putting it off. Thank you for everyones advice.
L.B. answers from Stockton on January 24, 2011
I had dental work while pregnant and was just fine! They will use something else that is just as effective. As for the wisdom tooth, it really depends on whether or not it has emerged or not?
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J.S. answers from Washington DC on January 25, 2011
I had to have a root canal while pregnant so I totally understand your situation. Here is what I did:
1. Talk to your ob/gyn - find out what kind of medication you can have to numb your mouth and what you can take after the work is done.
2. Find out if you can delay the work at all. Unless the cavaties are really bad it seems like you could delay it until you are further along. They delayed my root canal until I was past the 20 week mark.
3. If at all possible delay the wisdom teeth until after you have delivered the baby. You will need strong medication after this procedure and it will be better if you are not pregnant. If you are breastfeeding you can stock pile some milk and then "pump and dump" while you are on the pain meds.
When I had my root canal they gave me the novacain shots in my gums as normal and I did not feel anything - also had no effect on the pregnancy or my little girl. Afterwards I took tylenol to deal with the pain.
The best thing to do is to hold off on as much as you can until the baby is born. As I said, if the cavaties can not wait until then, there is ways you can get it done but it is my understanding that the farther along you are the better for everyone.
PS - I am a total baby too I HATE the dentist and don't see any reason why in this day and age anyone should have to feel any pain. :-)
M.P. answers from Washington DC on January 26, 2011
Wow, dear -- I would wait for the baby to be born before having my wisdom teeth out if I were you.
A.S. answers from Clarksville on January 24, 2011
I had a wisdom tooth pulled while 30 weeks pregnant. The doctor numbed the area and pulled the tooth out. I just closed my eyes while he was doing the work so I wouldn't have to look at the tooth. It didn't hurt at all, I felt some tugging and pulling but it didn't hurt. The doctor gave me some pain killers to use afterwards, but I didn't use them, I just took tylenol. My tooth was really bothering me before because it had a cavity so having it pulled was so much better.
H.X. answers from Los Angeles on January 24, 2011
yes, I had a Novocaine alternative and it worked just fine. Yes, get your dental work done while pregnant, since you won't have time after baby comes. Yes fill cavities before you need crowns! I've had all my wisdom teeth pulled by a general dentist. They popped out easy. If they don't come out easy, you'll be sent to the oral surgeon.
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on January 24, 2011
I had novacaine when I was pregnant (had to have a root canal) it was at the end of my pregnancy and an emergency. So far, my 5yo son is fine - lol.
I had a filling filled a couple of weeks ago and for fun (didn't want to be numb) I asked if he thought I could do it w/out novicaine, he said - you can try and if it bothers you, we'll give you novicaine. I cant' believe how easy it was. It's all mental. As soon as I remembered I didnt' have novicaine I began to panic a little, waiting for some pain. But it didn't hurt at all!
Do you HAVE to have these procedures done now? If not, I would totally wait. At least wait for the wisdom teeth - that would be a tad more painful than having a cavity filled. My wisdom teeth were impacted so this had to be done by an oral surgeon. I just read the post below and we are recommending the opposite. lol.
G.B. answers from Oklahoma City on January 24, 2011
Why in the world can't you have Novocaine? As for dental work, Oklahoma gives pregnant women who are low income free dental care while pregnant and lots of them have tons of work done and have the shots in the mouth.
C.W. answers from Washington DC on January 25, 2011
My SIL had a root canal done while pregnant. She didn't tell them she was pregnant (she was about 8 weeks and not showing) because she wanted the novacaine. I don't know what the affects are. As for the wisdom teeth, I had twilight anesthesia, (you are awake, but don't know you are). If they can't give you anything, I would strongly advise waiting until you are not pregnant to have this done if possible.