Tooth extraction is never a convenient procedure for anyone, but it is especially bothersome during pregnancy. However, because a woman’s body experiences many hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, dental problems often arise. Sometimes those problems necessitate tooth extraction, leaving many pregnant women wondering whether the procedure is safe for them and their unborn child.
While it is recommended to avoid tooth extraction during pregnancy, at Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, our doctors are board-certified dental surgeons and know how to safely perform this procedure for pregnant women with an emergent need. They put patient care and safety above all else. Before Dr. Busch, Dr. Otte, or Dr. Schroeder determine tooth extraction is needed, they will exhaust all other options.
Performing Tooth Extraction During Pregnancy
Our doctors will perform tooth extraction when a pregnant patient encounters an infection or other oral health problem that could lead to further issues if not resolved. If you find yourself in need of a tooth extraction, some pregnancy stages are preferred over others. Below we will discuss the different trimesters and how our doctors typically handle dental procedures during each stage.
The First Trimester
In most cases, our doctors will avoid performing tooth extraction during the first trimester. This is because this time of fetal development is crucial. Therefore, if possible, they will recommend you address discomfort with methods recommended by your OBGYN and wait until the second trimester to have your tooth removed.
The Second Trimester
This trimester is the recommended time to have a tooth extracted because your baby has experienced most of its development. Waiting until the second trimester also means you can have any required x-rays that are not recommended during the first trimester, and you will not be too uncomfortable if you are required to recline for a period of time.
The Third Trimester
If possible, our doctors do not recommend tooth extraction during the third trimester, primarily because of the discomfort you may experience sitting in a reclined position for an extended period of time. Unless it is an emergency, our doctors may recommend waiting until after giving birth to have your tooth extracted.
No matter the trimester of your pregnancy, if a tooth extraction is required, our doctors will take certain measures to ensure your safety, including:
- Placing a lead apron over your body to protect you and your baby during x-rays
- Using safe forms of sedation such as local anesthesia that will not reach your baby in utero.
- Prescribing pain medication or oral antibiotics that are safe for both you and your baby during pregnancy.
How to Know You May Need a Tooth Extraction
If you are pregnant and begin to experience any of the following symptoms, notify our doctors to schedule a consultation, as a tooth extraction may be required.
- Severe pain in your gums or tooth
- Difficulty chewing food
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Problems speaking normally
- Gums that bleed
When you visit our doctors for a consultation, they will work with you to determine the recommended course of action for your specific needs and circumstances.
Let Our Doctors Treat You During Your Pregnancy
Our doctors’ experience includes extensive work in advanced tooth extractions, and each has honed his skills and techniques to offer patients safe and predictable results. If you are in pain and suspect you will need a tooth extraction during your pregnancy, do not wait to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.
You can reach a member of their knowledgeable team by calling us today.