Root Canal and Pregnancy – Understanding Your Dental Care

root canal and pregnancy

The list of things you can’t do during pregnancy is long and sometimes annoying. You have to give up some of your favorite food and drinks, and you generally have to be extra careful, especially when taking part in strenuous activities. You may also hear that certain dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy. 

However, if you’re suddenly having severe tooth pain that requires a root canal, you may be at a loss of what to do. But you’ll be happy to know that you can safely get a root canal during pregnancy, and it’s actually better to get it done sooner rather than later.

Root canal and pregnancy – when is the best time to get treatment?

Dental care doesn’t stop just because you’re pregnant. In fact, it’s even more important to keep your oral health in check. During pregnancy, you’re at higher risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other issues. While dental treatment can be done at any time during pregnancy, the best time to perform elective dental treatment during pregnancy is in the second trimester, weeks 14 through 20. By this time, the development of the fetal organs is complete and the risk of side effects is lower. Furthermore, research also suggests that women who undergo dental treatment including root canal treatment during the second trimester don’t experience higher rates of problems at birth.

Keep in mind that if you have oral pain or swelling, you might need immediate treatment. The consequences of not treating an infection during pregnancy outweigh the possible risks of the medications used during dental treatment. Your healthcare provider will carefully monitor the use of any antibiotics or pain medications. If you have questions or concerns about dental care and in particular root canal and pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider.

Root canals are safe procedures in general and can also safe to do during pregnancy. Studies have shown pregnant women to be more prone to dental infections. Often, a root canal is a necessary treatment, especially if you’re in intense pain. It’s more beneficial for a mother to undergo a root canal during pregnancy than to wait until after delivery because bacteria from the tooth, if not removed, can cause complications. Like any procedure, there are risks, however root canals pose a very minimal risk to you and your baby.

It’s often recommended to wait until you’re out of the first trimester of pregnancy to undergo a root canal, granted that its necessary to do one before you’re due to give birth.  However, if you’re unsure about when to undergo this procedure, speaking with your dentist can help you to make the best decision for your oral health.

For more information, contact Sachar Dental today.