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Old 02-27-2002, 04:08 PM   #1
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Dental work and Pregnancy?

I'm full of questions this month, it seems! I just got back from the dentist after an infection (yes, I let it go for a week) caused me to have what would appear to be lock-jaw. At any rate, after causing as much pain as possible, the dentist told me that I needed to have my wisdom teeth out. (I knew this a year ago, but ran out of insurance coverage before I could get it done) All four of my wisdom teeth have to come out and soon. My question is, can they do this when you're pregnant? By the time my appointment rolls around, I still wouldn't be close enough to missing my period to test. They put you to sleep, I've heard from several people. So, should I tell them I might be pregnant or that we're trying? And if so, can they still do the extractions??
I'm on an anti-biotic and Vicodin now, and I didn't tell them we were trying or that there may be a chance that I was pregnant, but then again, I can't open my mouth much to talk anyway. I haven't taken any of the medicine yet though. I'll have my hubby call the pharmasist tomorrow. The main thing is the wisdom teeth, I guess. Any help on what to expect with that would be wonderful.

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Old 02-27-2002, 04:29 PM   #2
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Re: Dental work and Pregnancy?

I would talk to the dentist/oral surgeon first. Even call your OB/GYN.
When you have your wisdom teeth out and they put you to sleep because they are impacted. You usually need pain medication for a bit after. Also you usually cannot eat for a few days. Not sure if you ever had one but you should have had a panoramic xray done to check on the position of your teeth (not a good idea now). Some dr's say they are impacted when they really are not. If they are not impacted you might be able to do a local, and one at a time (could be safer).
My dr told me the best time to have any surgery, if you really have to while you are pregnant, is in your second trimester.
Maybe you could post on the dental board too and see if there is a dentist there who might also be able to help you, too.
Good luck.

Old 02-27-2002, 05:06 PM   #3
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Re: Dental work and Pregnancy?

Thanks for the response. I did post on the dental board to see what I could find out there. Luckily, I already have the x-rays I need, so I won't have to worry about that much. I tell ya, when one thing hits, it all hits! <IMG SRC="">

Old 02-27-2002, 05:41 PM   #4
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Re: Dental work and Pregnancy?

They can remove your wisdom teeth with local anesthetic even if they are impacted. I had mine out about 6 years ago and my insurance didn't cover general anesthetics. I wound up paying cash to be put out only because I'm a chicken and the dentist told me I would feel alot of tugging and preasure but no pain during the procedure.

Old 02-28-2002, 05:00 AM   #5
Lori A
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Re: Dental work and Pregnancy?

Hi Becky
When I had my wisdom teeth out the nurse asked me about 5 times if there was any chance I could be pregnant. The oral surgeon asked me as well. they even asked when my last period was. This was 5 years ago and I wasn't even trying. I would for sure let them know but they will probably ask you.

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