Pregnancy and tooth removal

Pregnancy and tooth removal

Tooth pain can start any moment, and the period of childbearing is not an exception. In addition, due to the physiological characteristics of the teeth, during pregnancy women are especially vulnerable, and situations that require urgent treatment or removing of the tooth, by no means, are not rare.


In fact, treatment and removal of teeth during the period of gestation are not desirable, that’s why future mothers are advised to solve all dental problems at the stage of planning pregnancy, because visit to the dentist can lead not only to the impact of drugs on the body, but also to stress, which absolutely contraindicated for mother and the fetus.

But there are different life situations, and if you’ve got a severe tooth pain, it is much worse for you and for your unborn child to suffer from it and to refuse from treatment.

Pregnancy is not an absolute contraindication to treatment or removal of teeth, but, surely, you should tell the dentist about your state, so that he/she will be able to choose the most sparing way of treatment. The dentist will make a full diagnosis of the oral cavity, will give you advices about personal hygiene and the prevention of dental caries, and if necessary, recommend you to visit the surgeon to remove the tooth during pregnancy.

In modern dentistry, there are special anesthetics that are not dangerous for the fetus, because it does not able to cross the placenta. Nevertheless, any surgical intervention is a stress for the body and the removal of the tooth is not an exception. That’s why, during pregnancy teeth can be removed only if there is no other way out, and at the same time dentists try to avoid surgery while first and third trimester of pregnancy.

It happens that during pregnancy women can face problems with eighth molars, the wisdom teeth, which can bring serious discomfort. Ordinarily, in such situation, the doctor prescribes a removal without any hesitations, but after removal of the wisdom teeth a variety of complications can develop very often, including inflammations that require further treatment with antibiotics. Usually, taking such drugs during pregnancy is highly undesirable.

If possible, the removal of a tooth during pregnancy should be postponed, but if the indications for surgery are too serious, it is necessary to make it, because constant acute dental pain or the presence of chronic inflammation will bring a lot more harm than the stress of removal and the use of anesthetics.

Dentists advise to start treatment or tooth removal regardless of the state of the patient, and focusing exclusively on the indications for the dental treatment. Now, there are technologies and products that are suitable for the treatment of women who bear a child and even anesthesia that will bring no harm to the baby. As anesthesia, dentists use medications that do not have the ability to penetrate the placental barrier, and work exclusively on the female body.


Obstetrician-gynecologist are more cautious about the question of whether it is allowed to remove teeth while pregnancy. They recommend starting treatment after eighteen weeks, when the placenta is already formed and protects the growing child, and up to thirty-two or thirty- five weeks, considering that excessive stress can be a factor which can provoke preterm labor. Still, such restrictions do not concern those cases where the situation is not too serious and there is a real opportunity to delay treatment. If a woman suffers from severe pain almost every night or her wisdom teeth are erupting, the growth of which is accompanied by the development of pericoronitis, the teeth should be removed as soon as possible.

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Great read. We would just like to add a point for would be mothers or women planning to be one…

Yes very much true. So women's should aware about these things.

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