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Is it Ok To Have A Tooth Cavity Filled During Pregnancy?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm going to ask my midwife this too, but I know different people have different opinions & I like to know all of the perspectives.

I knew before I got pregnant I had a small cavity, which I planned on getting fixed, however I got pregnant (suprise!) and then decided to wait untill after the baby was born with the theory of avoiding the novicane. I havent taken even a single tylenol with this pregnancy because I know its best to avoid medications when possible.

It really wasn't very painful untill just recently, but Its making me pretty miserable at the moment.

How bad is the novicane (in the way it will be used to fill a cavity)? I'm 32 weeks right now, so if I had to wait untill after delivery Its not the end of the world, but I'm in quite a bit of pain to sit here needlessly if the procedure is harmless.

Thanks for any thoughts you might have.

edited to add: just got the call back from my midwife. She said no xrays, no general, no gas, no silver fillings, no floride, but that novicane and a white filling would be fine.
post #2 of 8
I'm one of the people who feel it is absolutely fine to have dental work done during pregnancy, even x-rays after the first trimester. If you were my patient I would encourage you to have the filling, especially since it has progressed to the point of discomfort.
post #3 of 8
I agree with Kate3--remember, that dental infection is a suspect in the theory that 'underlying maternal infection, including dental infection, contributes to pre term labor'. While this is a theory only, it does make some sense. At this stage, your baby will probably handle the anesthetic just fine--and it is a good idea to remove possible causes of infection just on general health principle, not only out of fear of pre term labor. Besides the fact that dental pain is no fun!
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I agree with Kate3--remember, that dental infection is a suspect in the theory that 'underlying maternal infection, including dental infection, contributes to pre term labor'. While this is a theory only, it does make some sense. At this stage, your baby will probably handle the anesthetic just fine--and it is a good idea to remove possible causes of infection just on general health principle, not only out of fear of pre term labor. Besides the fact that dental pain is no fun!

just another vote to agree here. I think when you weigh it out, you should get the filling
post #5 of 8
My midwife, and my extremely paranoid high-risk-specialist OB backup doc, both are fine with having dental work done, and with having any of the -caine local painkillers (novocaine, lidocaine, etc.) They did say (I was first trimester at the time) that I should definitely not use the nitrous oxide gas that my dentist offers.
post #6 of 8
If you want to be extra cautious you can ask for a local anaesthetic without epinephrine (the ingredient that makes your heart race momentarily when the anesthetic is administered). An example would be Carbocaine w/o epinephrine.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies. Especially the one regarding the other options available with local painkillers - I wasn't aware that drug was even in the novocaine.

When I went to the dentist (told them when I made the appt. that I was 7months,) he looked at the situation, which turned out not to be a new cavity but that the filling had fallen out of the only cavity I've ever had, and said that he wouldn't be able to do anything about it untill after the baby is born because it might not be really simple and he needs an x-ray.

He didn't charge me though, and said to call as soon as I had the baby and he would take care of it ASAP.

Again, thanks for all the help!
post #8 of 8
if it hurts, it wont just be a filling. by the time it gets into the pulp bringing the pain, its past being able to be filled. filling will jusrt seal in whats eating your tooth.

believe me, i know, ive had 3 teeth pulled and need quite a few...something done depending on the tooth, and soon but am only 3 months.
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