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going to the dentist..anything special to know?

post #1 of 17
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I am getting a cleaning. I know I have a "cavity" but dont feel it& couldnt decide what filling to get long ago. I already have one mercury one in there greensad.gif, tell me i am not alone in that please. I guess I will just ask about skipping x rays for now? They normally dont let you skip, but isnt that a big deal?
post #2 of 17

I just wanted to clarify why you think you have a cavity but you can't feel it.  If you are not having tooth pain then I would try to stretch it out for another few months before getting it filled.  I know that they can put the big heavy cape over you to 'protect' the baby from xrays.  I get that cape on even when I am nursing.   Right now I am dealing with a molar that is giving me pain when I eat something super sweet and it touches the molar.  For me that is a sign that I have a cavity and I request only to have the white fillings put in place of the mercury amalgam kind. 

 

We stay away from fluoride treatments.  You can look into that to see if it is something you would pass on during pregnancy/nursing or not. 

 

All the best!

post #3 of 17

Agree with above. I have 10 cavities as of just before I got pregnant this time, but I feel none of them. They did an x-ray on my teeth and saw them. I couldn't afford to repair them for now, so since they didn't hurt, I just let them go for now. I never had a cavity until after I started having kids, but oh well. I agree about getting the alternative white fillings instead of the mercury ones. That's what I will do if I get fillings. Heard enough bad things about the mercury kind. I also avoid fluoride and heard mixed things about "teeth cleaning."

post #4 of 17
I don't go to the dentist while pregnant. My teeth are too sensitive during pregnancy, but I also have really strong teeth and floss every day. I would avoid x-rays even with the cape. There is also some controversy about mercury vapors in the air of a dentists office so it is recommended you schedule your appointment for first thing in the morning.
post #5 of 17

They will tell you it's safe to get X-Rays because you're past your first trimester, but I would still avoid.  I did get an X-Ray of my wisdom teeth when I was 8 months prego with #3 but it was infected and needed to be pulled and my suffering was SO bad I was writhing in pain AND had it pulled with a medication less strong than novacain because it's not safe during pregnancy!!  It hurt like a mother!!!  Wide awake the whole time.  Also, the white fillings STILL have mercury in them just in lesser form, so I would get the cleaning and skip the filling until baby is here.  Just my 2 cents
 

post #6 of 17
My SIL is a dentist and she won't ex-ray a pregnant patient at any time during pregnancy unless clearly necessary (pain, etc) and does not give Floride treatments after cleanings during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
post #7 of 17
I'm also going to the dentist on wednesday. This will be the first time in years- I just got dental coverage st work. I won't go back to work after the baby is born, so I need to use my insurance now whole I have it.... I didn't even know that still do the dark mercury fillings!
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by InLove2009 View Post

I'm also going to the dentist on wednesday. This will be the first time in years- I just got dental coverage st work. I won't go back to work after the baby is born, so I need to use my insurance now whole I have it.... I didn't even know that still do the dark mercury fillings!

 

Yeah, and who knows what insurance will actually cover. Might only do those ones since I think they are cheaper. Look into things before you go so you are informed. Not all dentists are equal, but maybe there's something useful you can get out of it?

post #9 of 17

On the flip side, an infected tooth is definitely harmful, so if you're having pain, it's worth getting checked out. I asked the folks to double up the lead aprons when I had xrays - which is really the only way for them to tell what's really going on inside the tooth. If needed/warranted, it IS ok to get fillings - and even a root canal - should one be necessary (I've checked, a couple of times). That said, novacaine/lidocaine (even with epinephrine) is apparently safe for pregnancy, but the epinephrine part (which isn't standard in all offices) made me feel awful / like worse than normal awful.

 

The mercury used in dental fillings is a different compound (and less easily absorbed) than the mercury found in fish, but I still prefer the white fillings, if needed.

post #10 of 17

I actually do have a painful tooth. I can't see anything though. But sometimes my whole jaw hurts on that side. Thanks Dayiscoming- I looked into what they cover. It looks like the cleaning and exam, x-rays etc are covered full once a year, and up to $400 worth of work and filings etc. I guess I will see what happens on wednesday. I will ask them to double up on the Aprons! 

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by coalifetime View Post

I just wanted to clarify why you think you have a cavity but you can't feel it.  If you are not having tooth pain then I would try to stretch it out for another few months before getting it filled.  I know that they can put the big heavy cape over you to 'protect' the baby from xrays.  I get that cape on even when I am nursing.   Right now I am dealing with a molar that is giving me pain when I eat something super sweet and it touches the molar.  For me that is a sign that I have a cavity and I request only to have the white fillings put in place of the mercury amalgam kind. 

We stay away from fluoride treatments.  You can look into that to see if it is something you would pass on during pregnancy/nursing or not. 

All the best!
they told me I had a cavity a couple times ago, we " followed" it for a while & it never grew, & they said to use special extra strength fluoride toothpaste & Listerine a lot. those things really did help so it helps with my fear of flouride which I am aware of can be an issue but do not want to worry about it, I filter it out of the water I drink so I thought that was most important since I don't swallow it, but maybe getting it in my blood.in my mouth is worse? I dont know. Someone tell me my toothpaste&mouthwash isnt causing my baby trouble! The dental forum scared me away, mostly because I feel so guilty about the mercury in my mouth. its so hard for me to do research because its just scary.
I guess my plan for now is to just hope everything's about the same just get my cleaning& no xrays unless emergency, which I really doubt I have b/c of no pain. I feel so bad for those with tooth trouble, I hope it can be taken care of soon.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

I don't go to the dentist while pregnant. My teeth are too sensitive during pregnancy, but I also have really strong teeth and floss every day. I would avoid x-rays even with the cape. There is also some controversy about mercury vapors in the air of a dentists office so it is recommended you schedule your appointment for first thing in the morning.
Thanks. For now I figure the mercury in my mouth must be worse than the vapors in the air? I hope so. I floss & take care of my teeth too, as best I can. Sometimes thinking about all this damaging mercury, I think of how messed up I must be from being inside my mom who had countless cavities, the really concentrated ones.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Tenk View Post

They will tell you it's safe to get X-Rays because you're past your first trimester, but I would still avoid.  I did get an X-Ray of my wisdom teeth when I was 8 months prego with #3 but it was infected and needed to be pulled and my suffering was SO bad I was writhing in pain AND had it pulled with a medication less strong than novacain because it's not safe during pregnancy!!  It hurt like a mother!!!  Wide awake the whole time.  Also, the white fillings STILL have mercury in them just in lesser form, so I would get the cleaning and skip the filling until baby is here.  Just my 2 cents

 
I heard the white ones had some kind of plastic, like BPA..greensad.gif...so I just felt trapped. Maybe its all about the lesser of 2 evils.
post #14 of 17
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The mercury used in dental fillings is a different compound (and less easily absorbed) than the mercury found in fish, but I still prefer the white fillings, if needed.
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Yeahe for it being better than fish, Boo for the poor fish.
post #15 of 17

You know? Excessive amounts of cortisol (the stress hormone) aren't good for baby either, so control what you can (or know you can realistically control) and don't worry so much about the rest. With reasonable precautions, it will be ok.

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Ruheling View Post

You know? Excessive amounts of cortisol (the stress hormone) aren't good for baby either, so control what you can (or know you can realistically control) and don't worry so much about the rest. With reasonable precautions, it will be ok.
Thank you for saying that. It went well despite my anxiety over it.
post #17 of 17

So... I went to the dentist and they were super nice. They said right away they would not do an x-ray. However, when the doctor examined my teeth after the cleaning, and I described the pain I have in my tooth and what my dentist had done years ago to fix it, he got a little concerned. He thinks I may need a root canal. He said he can't say without an x-ray though. So I am supposed to call them if I can feel my heart beat in my tooth, or if it starts swelling. Then we should do an x-ray. If not, it can wait until after Mason is born. He said its one of those things that if I do need the root canal, the damage is already done.....

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