What do I do? I lost a filling out of one of my back teeth earlier today and know I need to get it fixed because it’s pretty sensitive, but I’m also eight weeks pregnant with my first baby. Can I get dental work done while I’m pregnant? Will it hurt my baby?
Jess from Texas
If you are like many women in the first trimester of pregnancy, you have plenty of discomfort without adding a sensitive tooth to the list. Fortunately, visiting a dentist during pregnancy is encouraged, especially in a dental emergency like this.
During your visit, make sure to let your dentist know you are pregnant. That way if they need to do an x-ray, they will take extra precautions to protect you and your stomach with a lead apron and only take the images necessary.
Some OB/GYNs and dentists recommend for women to wait until between the second trimester and the first half of the third trimester for dental treatment because of all the development happening with your baby, but it’s not usual for a filling to just fall out. It’s best to get it checked to make sure it’s nothing serious. The dentist can make make an evaluation and help you make a treatment plan, knowing your circumstances and the condition of your mouth.
Best of luck!
You may be interested in learning more about dental emergencies.
This post is sponsored by Enfield dentist Dr. William Cummiskey at Generations Dental Care.