Are Dental Procedures safe during pregnancy?

The pain due to the cavity in my molar tooth is killing me slowly and now the cheek has swollen very badly. I’m into the second trimester and I’m concerned on taking any kind of treatment from the dentist. I’ve got my situation checked at Mount Royal Dental clinic last week and Dr. Gupta was the one who did the diagnosis. Found that there is a slightly severe cavity and needed to do something, but I refused to do any procedure. Now, pain is unbearable and need a solution soon. What are the options I have which is also safe for my child?

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  • General dental treatment can usually be postponed until after birth. Emergency dental treatment must be completed if the risk to the foetus is high. The risk of carrying out dental treatment in pregnant patients is largely unknown ( as clinical tests are not possible). In your case , numbing the tooth and stabilising the infection ( probably the cause of the swelling) is very low risk and will buy you time until after the birth to have more permanent treatment completed. The longer the tooth remains untreated the more complex the dental treatment becomes so act fast !

  • Routine dental care can be received during the second trimester, but make sure you tell your dentist all the medications you are taking. This can help him alter the dental treatment plan accordingly. I know a dental office, Phelan Dental at Oakville, which uses advanced methodologies for the provision of best oral care. Also avoid dental X rays during this period and follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent oral problems.

  • Do not have any mercury amalgam fillings ever. The safest fillings are porcelain. See my post on mercury amalgam.

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