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Old 01-30-2011, 10:55 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone have any research or knowledge about the safety of getting cavities filled bag.gif in pregnancy?  I have never had a cavity ever and now all the sudden I do.  (I kind of feel yucky about it).  He wanted to wait well into the second trimester to do it and my OB said it's ok as long as they dont use epinephrine.  It makes me a little worried but I dont know enough about the dangers of letting the cavities go for another 6 months vs getting them filled now.  Thoughts?


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if the cavity itself is not bothering you or hindering your eating, and you continue to brush and floss, 6 months shouldn't make a HUGE difference.  As a person with numerous cavities, my bank account frequently requires me to wait a few months between fillings occasionally

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I had a partial root canal when I was 6 weeks pregnant, and he is going to finish it in my second trimester. He said that it's best to wait until second trimester when the stress would be less on your body and the baby. My tooth was killing me, and the pain was worse stress on me than the operation. SO, I would say that getting a filling is OK while pregnant especially if it is bothering you.


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I am comfortable getting cavities filled during pregnancy.  Knowing me, I'd forget to get it done afterward (and wouldn't have time for a while after birth, anyway).  I have a cavity that needs to be filled as well, and will schedule it for after 20 weeks (by which point I hope my nausea will have eased up).


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it doesn't bother me at all.  I would have never known they were there!  The problem was probably that I had a visit when I was prego with DS so no xrays then another visit but switched dentists so for some reason the didn't do xrays that time then the next time I had an appt was between conception and even a pos hpt so they didn't do them then either.  But, they have a little camera thing that they take pictures of your teeth with and they said it looks like there's a cavity since theres a dark spot on the surface of one.  It was pretty obvious even to me.  So will they want to do an xray before they start?  and with the lead apron would that be OK? 


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I had x-rays when I was at the root canal doctor. There was no way for him to see where it was hurting me for sure unless they did them. They used the lead vest, and said it would be ok since it was just on my teeth.


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I had a couple cavities filled during this pregnancy already at 10 weeks.  I was not comfortable letting them go.


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Can pregnant women have shots of novocaine?   I need some work done, but I can't imagine doing it without being numbed. 

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My dentist uses lidocaine and it's fine.  He doesn't use the epinephrine in it when I am pregnant, though.


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I got most of my cavities filled without pain meds (it is nothing compared to the birth ;-).

I would be more worried about the material ued for the filling!


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My dentist uses lidocaine and it's fine.  He doesn't use the epinephrine in it when I am pregnant, though.


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I got most of my cavities filled without pain meds (it is nothing compared to the birth ;-).

I would be more worried about the material ued for the filling!


I Know!!  I'm so disappointed in myself for getting these.  I mean what has changed in the last year that makes the other 30 different??  :(  Im so sad about it.  But the more I think about it most of my worry about doing it in pregnancy is with the filling material.  Which, I guess, shouldn't get anywhere but the tooth right??


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