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22/04/2014 at 21:27
My dentist recommended me getting 1 or 2 out which was a month before I got pregnant but I completely forgot that they asked me for my NHS number so it's been awhile before they actually contacted me. The letter arrived today to say that they will start the treatment within 18 weeks of the referral (or from when they finally contacted me!!). In 18 weeks time I'll be 31/32 weeks pregnant but I'm not sure if it can be done at all whilst pregnant as neither my mw or the dentist seemed to know. I guess they'll tell me tomorrow but just wondered if anyone has had this done?
22/04/2014 at 21:45
I'm not sure whether you can as such but I choose not to IYSWIM?
22/04/2014 at 21:50
I have no idea, but would be interested to know. I chipped my front tooth on Saturday, and I have an apt end of this week to get it looked at but I was wondering if they could do anything if it involved injections etc.
22/04/2014 at 22:09
I had a local anaesthetic for a root canal when pregnant.
Are they planning to do it under a local or something more?
22/04/2014 at 22:44
I have no idea how they do it Imp?! I tried googling but seem to get strange answers to my search.
Queen Igraine - they've been playing me up ever since they've started to come through for the last 18 years (half my life time now :-( ) So if I can get 1 or 2 taken out I'm definitely gonna take this opportunity especially when I can, hopefully, get it done free with the maternity exemption card.
Will have a chat with them tomorrow & see what they say as I've no idea what's involved & whether it is possible or not.
22/04/2014 at 23:12
AFAIK your dental treatment remains free for up to a year after LO is born...so you could wait unless they are causing you pain.
23/04/2014 at 08:25
I imagine if it is just a local anaesthetic and pull it out job, it will be fine (this was how mine were all removed as they were relatively straight and through the gum which meant they were grabbable). I had no extra meds and everything healed within a couple of days. No bruising or swelling either!
H had to have his out under sedation as they were sideways (impacted?) and near a nerve so it was important he kept still. He also had to have his gum cut open and have stitches afterwards. He also had a course of antibiotics and painkillers which would need to be pregnancy safe ones in your case.
Personally, I would have no issue having the first option done as it is so quick and simple. The second, with IV sedation, is a little more involved and takes longer to recover from. I would contact your dentist And ask what the procedure would be for you, tell them you're pregnant and then make your decision after you know what is planned. You could also ask your midwife when you know what procedure is planned.
23/04/2014 at 08:26
I think the most important factor is how uncomfy they are! If they aren't bothering you then wait :)
23/04/2014 at 08:39
That's what I was wondering about the sedation. I had some teeth out under sedation and I don't think they would do that when pregnant.
23/04/2014 at 08:55
Afaik you can't have extractions in pregnancy. Tbh they don't like doing much. 3 of my pregnancys Iv had SEVERE tooth ache/dental infections and they are always reluctant to do much. In fact actually I needed a tooth out but was told to come back after delivery.
Wisdom tooth removal is bad enough never mind in pregnancy. Speak to dentist but I don't think they will
23/04/2014 at 09:42
If they're at risk of getting infected, say if there's a deep cavity on one that they can't reach to fix in the meantime, I think you'd be better off having them out. It would be worse to have it get infected and end up with an abscess in your jaw! If it's setting that can easily wait until baby is here then that could be the way to go. I had two out with nitrous, and I assume that since it's in and out of your system quickly and administered during childbirth it's probably fine. Mine were at very awkward angles, but healed up fine.
I think some people end up needing strong pain killers afterwards, but I was fine with Tylenol (which I think is the same as paracetamol).
23/04/2014 at 09:47
Thanks ladies, most of the time it's fine but on a few occasions it's been really painful. I've suffered on & off with them hurting since they started to emerge 18 years ago. I'll give them a ring & see what they say.
23/04/2014 at 10:45
I had an abscess on a back tooth whilst in 3rd tri, I was given antibiotics to treat it but they wouldn't remove the tooth. I had to wait until after as was born as they need you to lie flat on your back for an extraction of a back tooth and it wasn't advised.
23/04/2014 at 14:24
I decided to ask my sister out of curiosity (she's a dentist), and she said she has done emergency extractions on pregnant women, but usually only in second tri. Like Que Sera says, they don't like you to lay on your back that long after 28 weeks and if they can put it off then they will.
23/04/2014 at 21:11
I did- I could only have a local but it was over and done in seconds. It was the thought of it that I found hardest!!!
24/04/2014 at 00:05
Thanks again, I'm such a wuss that I didn't ring them today! Will ring tomorrow & see what they say. I had 7 teeth taken out when I was a child & it was never that bad
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