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Is It Safe to Get Dental Work Done While Pregnant?

While pregnancy is an exciting time, it can also be a time of information overload and confusion. There are so many do’s and don’ts that go along with being pregnant. Luckily, when it comes to your oral health, there are just a few simple things to remember.

by Dr. Burhenne

safety of dental work while pregnant

While pregnancy is an exciting time, it can also be a time of information overload and confusion. There are so many do’s and don’ts that go along with being pregnant.

Luckily, when it comes to your oral health, there are just a few simple things to remember:

1. Tell your dentist.

Routine dental visits are generally safe and beneficial during your pregnancy. Just make sure to let your dentist know your due date, if you have any changes in your health, and what medications you are taking.

2. Proceed cautiously with x-rays.

If you see a dentist regularly, x-rays can generally be postponed until your baby is born. However, if x-rays are needed for diagnosing problems, your dentist should use a lead apron with a collar to minimize exposure to your abdomen area and thyroid.

3. Your second trimester is the best time for routine dental procedures.

At this point, fetal organ development is complete, nausea and vomiting may be reduced, and you can still lie comfortably on your back. Emergency procedures may be performed with special consideration throughout your pregnancy to prevent infection and pain. However, elective procedures and major dental surgeries should be postponed until after your baby is born.

4. If you need a dental procedure while pregnant…

Ask your dentist if the procedure can wait until the second trimester or after your baby is born. Keep in mind that the risks of not treating oral pain, swelling, or infection may outweigh the minimal risks associated with getting dental work while pregnant. Some medications, including local anesthetics, antibiotics, and pain medications can still be used safely during pregnancy.

5. Make sure you are comfortable.

If you find lying on your back uncomfortable, bring a pillow and ask for frequent breaks. Don’t forget to bring headphones with your favorite music. If the procedure will be long, ask your dentist if you can split it up into a few shorter appointments.


Still have questions? Leave a comment below! Also be sure to ask your dentist or obstetrician— they are here to help you feel relaxed and confident about your health during this incredible journey!

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  1. I appreciate your tip to try to schedule your routine appointment during your second trimester. I’m in my first trimester right now and I definitely want to wait until my stomach settles before I get work done! Right now I have the excuse of a recent move and no current dentist, but knowing that the second trimester is a good time for an appointment will help me get out, find one, and take care of my teeth.

  2. I didn’t know that if you were pregnant that you could have complications with your dental visits. I guess. they wouldn’t be able to use the x-ray machine because of the baby so you would have to make sure that your teeth do well. In that time you would have to really have to brush your teeth well.

  3. I just found out that I am pregnant and have been wondering whether or not I should go to my dentist appointment this Friday. Now that I have read this post, I will just make sure that my dentist knows that I am pregnant and that I need to be cautious around x-rays. However, how are x-rays harmful to babies in the womb?

  4. I am 35 weeks pregnant. I had dental treatment (root canal)before I got pregnant and my dentist didn’t do the crowning as I have to travel. Now that tooth is wiggling also it is breaking part by part..as of now not much pain .couple of weeks left for the delivery ..what shall I do.if I go for the treatment after baby wI’ll there be any issues in breastfeeding

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