Are you pregnant and in need of dental work? Are you wondering if getting dental work while pregnant is safe?! Well, I’m here to share my experience. Hopefully, it will help you decide whether you want to do it or not. Before finding out that I was pregnant, I knew that I needed a lot of work done on my teeth. Last October, I had two root canals done. From that, I found out that I needed a ton of cavities filled. The pain and sensitivity increased over time and I knew that I needed to take care of that ASAP. When I found out I was pregnant this year, I feel that the pain was increasing because of the hormonal changes.
The first thing that came to mind was the anesthesia. I know that it safe for us but was it going to be safe for my baby?! After doing tons of research, most reviews said that it was safe. There are also a few that recommend getting dental work done during the second or third trimester. Well, I needed it done ASAP, like while I was 7 1/2 weeks pregnant. I took the chance and decided to go ahead and get it done.
My dentist is one of the best dentists in my opinion. She is very understanding and caring. I told her immediately that I was pregnant and asked tons of questions to make sure that my baby was going to be safe through it all. She was sure that everything was going to be okay. She also mentioned that she has had a lot of patients that were pregnant (including her sister) and they were fine. Well, you guys it was not bad at all and my baby is growing strong and healthy.
I am currently 14 weeks and 4 days and my mouth feels so much better than before. My concern about needing work was making sure the germs and bacteria from my cavities didn’t make its way into my body to harm the baby. I have heard of situations like that and I wanted to avoid that by any means necessary.
The only thing that bugged me about my dental work was how sensitive my gums were. When she injected the anesthesia inside of my mouth, I felt it hit my nerves a few times. It only happened twice but that pain was not a good feeling. But other than that, I barely felt anything and I was able to eat and drink hours later/the next day. Do you want to know how much work I had done? I had 10 cavities filled and 2 root canals (I had 2 root canals done last October so I had a total of 4 done). I know this is embarrassing to share but it’s the truth. The last time I went to the dentist prior to last year was 10+ years ago. I never had any problems or sensitivity until after I was pregnant with my first child (she is 3 1/2 now).
I read that when you’re pregnant, your body goes through a lot of changes and can take a toll on your oral hygiene. Well, it took a toll on mine and I had to make sure that it was taken care of. So I recommend that if you are expecting or planning to conceive, make sure that you take care of your oral hygiene. It may be okay for a while or it can get worse if not properly taken care of. To answer your question, yes dental work is safe to get while you’re pregnant. If I had this much work done on me and I’m good, I’m sure that you will be too!
I know that the first trimester is an iffy time to do anything. I recommend getting the work done at 7 weeks or so before you get too big. You don’t want to lay in that chair for hours and be uncomfortable. The fourth time I went in to finish up my work, my back was hurting because my belly was getting big at the time. You want to make sure that you’re comfortable so that you’re not adding extra stress on your body and the baby. Most dentists have a specific anesthesia that they are to use. Make sure that they use that. If they use the local anesthesia, they are to use a specific amount. Just ask questions before starting so that you and the baby are good to go with your dental work.
I’m so glad that my teeth are taken care of now. That pain was no joke and it feels good to eat and drink cold stuff without cringing. Also, I have peace with knowing that my baby will not get any harmful bacteria in them. If you have insurance that covers full or partial dental work, then you are in luck. If you are on medical assistance, I’m sure that all states have medical assistance that provides full coverage for expecting mothers. They understand (well should) what being pregnant does to women’s teeth. They have programs that provide coverage for that so if you need insurance and qualify, look into that.
If you are able to get it done, get it done as soon as you can! But please do what is comfortable and best for you and your growing baby. From my experience, it is safe and highly recommended. 🙂