If you’re pregnant and need a filling, root canal or tooth pulled, one thing you don’t have to worry about is the safety of the numbing medications your dentist may use during the procedure. They are, in fact, safe for both you and your baby.
Is it OK to get fillings while pregnant?
Most dental services and procedures, including dental x-rays, tooth extractions, dental fillings, and dental cleanings, can be done during pregnancy safely, with tooth extractions recommended during your second or third trimester. Fillings should be discussed with your dentist beforehand.
Is it safe to go to the dentist in the first trimester?
Is it safe to visit the dentist while pregnant? Yes! You should continue going to your dentist during your pregnancy. Studies have shown that women who get their teeth cleaned regularly before they’re pregnant don’t always visit their dentist for a tooth cleaning during pregnancy.
What happens if you have a cavity while pregnant?
Cavities (also called tooth decay or caries).
Being pregnant makes you more likely to have cavities. You can pass the bacteria that causes cavities to your baby during pregnancy and after birth. This can cause problems for your baby’s teeth later in life.
Can you have dental treatment when pregnant?
The answer is yes, you can–and you should. Dental work while pregnant can be important for keeping you and your baby healthy. From routine care to more serious procedures, it’s important that you keep up with whatever care you need.
Are white fillings free when pregnant?
Dental treatment on the NHS is free during pregnancy and for a year after your baby is born, so it’s definitely a good opportunity to make sure your mouth is in tip top shape. “It is important to look after your dental health when you are pregnant,” says MFM’s GP Dr Philippa Kaye.
Do I need to tell my dentist Im pregnant?
Tell your dentist (and doctor) if you are pregnant. Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedure can be done, as well. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery.
What should you avoid at the dentist when pregnant?
The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums. Preventive dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth.
Can you lay on your back at the dentist while pregnant?
If you do need dental work during the third trimester, don’t lie on your back. This puts pressure on your vena cava nerve which can limit blood flow to the fetus and can make you feel dizzy or nauseas.
Can you get a root canal in first trimester?
If the pregnant woman is in her 1st trimester, we will NOT perform the root canal treatment. The reason is because it is during this time that the baby is most susceptible. However, if it’s really necessary, then we’ll proceed with extreme caution. We can open the root and drain it.
What will happen if you lay on your stomach while pregnant?
Sleeping on the stomach may also cause neck and shoulder problems, such as pain, stiffness, and soreness. Some people experience lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy, which make it more difficult to sleep.
Can a tooth infection harm my unborn baby?
If left untreated, gingivitis (inflammation of your gums) can lead to a more severe infection in your gums and to the surrounding bone. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and bone loss. A mother with active tooth decay can spread bacteria to her unborn child.
Does pregnancy affect your teeth?
Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women, including gum disease and tooth decay. During pregnancy, hormones affect gums and teeth. Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visiting your dentist will help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible during pregnancy.
Is dental work free when pregnant?
You’re entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you’re pregnant when you start your treatment and for 12 months after your baby is born. To get free NHS dental treatment, you must have: a MATB1 certificate issued by your midwife or GP.
What do you get free when pregnant?
Free prescriptions and dental care
All prescriptions and NHS dental treatment are free while you’re pregnant and for 12 months after your baby’s due date. Children also get free prescriptions until they’re 16. To claim free prescriptions, ask your doctor or midwife for form FW8 and send it to your health authority.
Can dental work cause miscarriage?
In our opinion, there is no increased risk for miscarriage with dental care and we don’t recommend delaying needed treatment. If major dental work or elective orthodontics is planned, patients might wish to consider waiting until after delivery. This is our general recommendation with most medical procedures.