Pregnancy & Dental Health: Treating Cavities and Other Oral Problems

Being pregnant is an exciting and joyous time for many, but it can come with some unexpected health challenges. Many of our adult patients develop cavities while they are pregnant. It’s very important to address these promptly to prevent further complications and maintain your oral health and overall well-being while pregnant. If left untreated, cavities and other dental problems can potentially lead to pain, infection, and complications.

Newtown Dentistry is accustomed to treating women who develop dental issues during their pregnancy. We use only the safest proven effective dental practices and technologies, all in a comfortable, soothing, spa-like environment. Here’s some more information on the safety of having a cavity filled while pregnant, how pregnancy can affect cavities, what treatment options are available, and how best to use anesthesia.

Is Filling a Cavity While Pregnant Safe?

The good news is that it is generally safe to have a cavity filled during pregnancy. In fact, the American Dental Association says that “Oral health care, including having dental radiographs taken and being given local anesthesia, is safe at any point during pregnancy.” And the American Dental Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) agree that “emergency treatments, such as extractions, root canals, or restorations, can be safely performed during pregnancy and that delaying treatment may result in more complex problems.”

However, it is very important that you inform your dentist about your pregnancy before any dental procedures. By doing so, your dentist can take the necessary precautions to ensure your and your baby’s safety while you maintain optimal dental health during your pregnancy.

Does Pregnancy Make Cavities Worse?

Pregnancy itself does not directly cause cavities or make them worse. However, hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase the risk of tooth decay. Morning sickness and frequent snacking can also contribute to a higher risk of cavities. Some pregnant women may also experience dry mouth due to changes in salivary production, which can further increase the risk of dental problems.

How Best to Treat Cavities During Pregnancy?

Treating tooth decay is essential for maintaining your oral and general health. The treatment options are similar to those for non-pregnant individuals and depend on the severity of the cavity. Your Newtown dentists will consider the stage of your pregnancy and use the safest treatment approach accordingly. Typically, dental fillings and dental sealants are safe during pregnancy. X-rays are generally avoided, but if necessary, your dentist will take appropriate precautions, such as using low-radiation digital imaging tools and a lead apron to shield your abdomen.

Local Anesthesia During Pregnancy

Local anesthesia, such as lidocaine, is commonly used during dental procedures to ensure your comfort. When administered correctly, local anesthesia is considered Adult dental office room with a lakefront picnic theme, a big-screen TV, and state-of-the-art dental during pregnancy. However, it’s important to follow these guidelines:

  1. Inform your dentist about your pregnancy.
  2. Ensure your dentist is aware of any allergies or medical conditions you may have.
  3. Use the minimum effective dose of anesthesia.
  4. Seek dental treatment during the second trimester, if possible, as it is generally considered the safest time for dental procedures.
  5. Avoid unnecessary dental procedures during the first trimester when the baby’s organs are developing.
  6. Postpone elective or cosmetic dental treatments until after delivery.
  7. Refrain from using nitrous oxide (laughing gas), as its safety during pregnancy has not been established.

For 25 years, Newtown Dentistry has been providing the highest-quality, advanced dental care in a family-friendly environment where all patients experience trust. We use the newest dental technologies and techniques to assure we meet the various needs of our local adults at the highest level. We’ve treated many expectant mothers with safe, effective treatments that help them maintain their optimal oral health and the health of their babies. And we make a point of educating each of our expectant mothers on the best dental practices for their stage of pregnancy.

If you are experiencing dental issues during your pregnancy, request an appointment here and see one of our experienced, certified dental experts.


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    July 31, 2023


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