Can I get my tooth pulled while pregnant?

Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes to the woman’s body. Part of the changes is that the body uses up most of the nutrients in the system to feed the growing fetus. With time nutrients such as calcium becomes lesser and lesser by the day. Calcium is key in maintaining healthy bones, gums, and teeth. Lack of calcium predisposes your teeth to decay and gingivitis all of which may result in the need for tooth extraction. The good news is that it is perfectly safe to have tooth extraction while pregnant.

Safe treatment options

Technological advancements have made it easy for our dentists to offer dental work to all groups of people from infants to the elderly in society. Anesthesia is one of the ways that make extraction possible, painless, and safe not just for pregnant women but people across all spectrums. However, for pregnant women, doctors recommend the use of local anesthesia instead of sedation or general anesthesia.

The best time to have your teeth pulled

Tooth extraction during pregnancy matters a lot. Research shows that doctors recommend pulling out the tooth or teeth during the second trimester. The third trimester is especially tricky since it may be very uncomfortable for you to lie back or stay in a recliner position as the tooth gets pulled out. The concern most doctors have during the first trimester is that there is so much fetal development going on and they do not want to interfere with that crucial stage. However, in the case of a dental emergency, it will not matter which trimester you are in.

Getting rid of a severely damaged tooth is more beneficial to you and your unborn child in the long run. Allowing a severely infected tooth to continue festering could predispose you to more illness. The bacteria in the infected tooth could travel to other parts of the body. Most dental procedures are safe during pregnancy apart from teeth whitening. If you have any concerns at all about the procedure, be sure to schedule a consultation with our dentists today.