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Dental work while pregnant

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I had a cleaning last week and my dentist suggests re-filling two of my molars. It's been ten years and the fillings have started to crack. My dentist is very proactive about fillings, which is fine with me and my cavity-ridden mouth. I asked him what he though about dental work during pregnancy and he said that the second trimester it's safest to get work done. Also, he was very clear that this is not an emergency, so I could wait until I've given birth.

I tend to get REALLY tense and worn out while getting fillings (I've had lots of them, but I still get nervous). And I really just don't want to deal with it while pregnant. I worry about the chemicals involved. But I also like to get my teeth taken care of right away and I wonder if I'll really feel like doing this any time soon after birth. I'm afraid I'll completely forget/not care in the postpartum whirlwind and end up with a double root canal!

Anyone had fillings while pregnant? Any thoughts?
Thanks
post #2 of 8
DDC - I haven't had fillings while pregnant however I've had problems with one of my wisdom teeth. My dentist said that it could wait until after baby comes, however if I start having problems the 2nd trimester would be the best time to take care of it.
post #3 of 8
I have, with my first. I would not reccommend it if it can be avoided. I don't know that this would be true for everyone, but my metabolisim of the xylocane (or whatever numbing agent) was really really fast. When you are pregnant, they don't use epinephrine(sp) in the numbing agent, which means it doesn't last as long. I literally had about 10 minutes from the time the shot started working until it beagan to wear off. I think I had 3 or 4 office visits with work done, and he would have to re numb me every time in the middle at least once. I actually had to do most of my scaling and plaining with out being numb, as he and I both wanted to limit the amount I was taking. Yeah, ouch.
post #4 of 8
if there is any active decay, i would personally get it treated before giving birth to minimize the baby's exposure to that bacteria. if it's just a filling that needs to be replaced, i'd probably still get it done before birth just because i remember having dental work done when my son was an infant and it was really stressful for me to leave him with my mom while i had the work done. he was out in the lobby to minimize the time away, and i could hear him crying and it was awful.
post #5 of 8
Are they silver fillings? If so, you should definitely, definitely NOT have them replaced while pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Are they silver fillings? If so, you should definitely, definitely NOT have them replaced while pregnant or breastfeeding.
agreed. My son's food allergies/eczema started the week after I had 5 fillings (3 of them amalgams) replaced in the traditional method. We've been down a long road since.

Can you see a dentist schooled in the safe removal of amalgams if they simply must be replaced?
post #7 of 8
I agree not to get them worked on if they are amalgams, while pg unless your teeth are rotting.
post #8 of 8
oh, yeah. big no to "silver filling" work. i'd suggest they not even clean those fillings while pregnant.
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