M.K. asks from Lake Orion, MI on September 11, 2009
Horrible Tooth Pain - 9 Wks Pregnant
Hi MOms -
For the last few days, I have been having horrible tooth pain, in a tooth that I had my mercury fillings removed from about a year ago. It was a deep filling and now I fear the tooth needs to be extracted. My dentist indicated that it should come out and suggested a root canal (which I am leary of in general). It is a throbbing pain, that travels along my jaw and actaully into my ear it hurts so bad. It has kept me up a few nights and is soooo sensitive I can barely chew...fun, right?
Aayways, I talked to both my OB and dentist and they all say it is fine to do now, but I am still skeptical. I have read a lot of stuff that says wait until at least the 2nd trimester. But I am wondering, is it worse to have the procedure done or have a decaying tooth (which I have to imagine harbors bacteria) in there? I am only 9 wks pregnant and hate to do anything during pregnancy..especially in the 1st trimester. Just want to make the best decision for my health and the health of the baby.
Any advice would be great! Thanks.
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and encouragement. I fifured it was probably better to do it, but just am so nervous. The pain is so much better, but obviously something is going on. I know I can't have anything but a locla numbing with no epi and I am going to see if they have to do an x-ray. Thanks again!
K.G. answers from Detroit on September 13, 2009
Have the root canal done. It is not much diffrent than having a filling...it just takes longer. I had one a couple of months ago and the pain in my tooth, which I equated with labor, was gone before I left the office. The last thing you want is an infection.
C.J. answers from Detroit on September 12, 2009
I would not have the tooth extracted. When you remove a tooth, it causes lots of problems for the rest of the teeth in your mouth. The will start to grow toward the gap to fill it in. And the tooth above it (if it is a lower tooth that is extracted) will actually move down to also try to fill the gap.
I would have the root canal and crown it. I have had 2 of these in the last 2 years. If you wait, the decay could spread to other teeth, then you will have to have the procedure done on more than just that one.
You can do it. Just get it over with - soon!
J.C. answers from Lansing on September 12, 2009
I was in the middle of getting all mercury removed and then found out I was pregnant.
I had an old root canal that was going to be removed next.
(they can give illness too) BUT the doctor said it looked good and it would be good wait till after baby was born
About 3 weeks later I was throwing up every few hours every day for about 3 weeks...it caused me to be so weak that I would get out of bed to go to the bathroom and I was so weak I would have to crawl back to bed.
My heart would pound. All doctors told me I was just sick from the pregnancy.
I knew it was something more than that & prayed God would show me what it was.
4 days later I was chewing while trying to eat and a tooth fell out.
It was my gold crown. It was all black under it and so was to hole where it came off of.
I had old metal and infection galore that NEVER showed up on an x-ray.
At this point the infection can be very dangerous and so I went in and got the tooth root hole cleaned out and they had to scrape away bone because it was badly infected too.
I was getting well and energy was coming back into my body even on the way home from that dentist.
You are correct in thinking about the bacteria that is in there and the need to do something now.
My fourth baby was the healthiest and is 11 now.
She has only been to a doctor for sickness once in her entire life.
I hope this encourages you to go ahead and get the help you need, J.
I would be glad to talk if you need more advice on it ###-###-####
K.S. answers from Detroit on September 12, 2009
Yikes! I just went through the same thing--except NOT pregnant. Had a deep filling that was filled...but started killing me...kept me up at night.....pain going into ears & head...NOT fun. It was non-stop. I ended up going back to the dentist and actually did have a root canal (which I was tremendously frightened about!). Let me just say, it was the best thing that could have ever happened to that tooth! As soon as it was done (and it was a 2-part, lengthy procedure)...I felt fantastic. Still do. I had NO pain during the procedure...except for a sore jaw from holding my mouth open so very long.
So, I guess I'm saying don't fear the root canal. It sounds way worse than it actually is. Not sure about the first trimester situation--I'd ask your OB & proceed with what he/she says. Good luck!!
K.O. answers from Detroit on September 12, 2009
I had the same problem before I got pregnant. Long story short I ended up have the tooth pulled because the tooth cracked up into the root. Anyway, I hate drugs so I asked the oral surgeon to not put me out and he said no problem. They gave me a shot just like when they do fillings (I assume that it's stronger though) and the whole procedure was done in 5 minutes. It's just kinda weird to hear whats going on and to be awake while they yank on the tooth with their tools. Instant relief though. See the oral surgeon and dentist and do what needs to be done.
S.C. answers from Detroit on September 12, 2009
I had three wisdom teeth pulled during my first trimester and had no problems at all. I would strongly suggest you do it now. By the way the pain sounds it's probably already absessed. It will cause your baby more harm to wait rather than to go ahead and do it now. You don't want it getting into your blood stream and transferring to the baby. Root canals aren't all that bad either. It all depends on your dentist. I've had 6 root canals and 8 crowns all with no pain whatsoever from the proceedures or after. I didn't need pain meds and the dentist only gave me novacain. You'll be happy it's done once it's over with and you don't have pain anymore.
Good luck - S.
B.T. answers from Detroit on September 12, 2009
I think I would just get it over with. Are you worried about the pain meds they use or the actual procedure? I would think it is better to fix it now rather than risk conseuences (bacteria, pain, no appetite) later.
K.M. answers from Detroit on September 12, 2009
use sensidine or baking soda toothpaste or something for sensitive teeth. I had the same thing the only thing you can do is use sensitive toothpaste good luck
T.Z. answers from Detroit on September 12, 2009
I just saw an endodontist for the same thing. He said they can do a pulpectomy? which will give some relief for a while until you are ready to have the roots done as well. This procedure just takes the pulp off the top part of the tooth and they fill it and put a temporary crown in. He told me it would last a few months, but ultimately a root canal would be needed. If you can keep the tooth, that is best, but do what is necessary - you don't want to be hurting like that indefinitely! Good luck with your decision!