Pregnancy is a special time for every woman. It is filled with pleasant worries and the joy of waiting for the baby. But, apart from that, the mother-to-be faces a lot of complex issues related to her health. One of them: wisdom teeth and pregnancy.
It is advisable to think about the condition of your teeth before you become pregnant. The fact is that wisdom teeth may not bother you until a certain point. Therefore, it is worth to see a dentist in preparation for this important period. He will take an X-ray, in which you can see exactly the position of the wisdom teeth.
Sometimes the wisdom tooth does not erupt completely, so a so-called "hood" forms. This is an area of gum that overhangs the tooth. Food debris gets stuck under it, which causes inflammation. The dentist can help in this case: he will simply remove a small part of the gum, opening the wisdom tooth.
Can a wisdom tooth be extracted during pregnancy
Tooth extraction during pregnancy is undesirable. But the dentist is always guided by the condition of the teeth in the particular case. He will try to save the tooth and, if possible, postpone the surgical procedure. In case of intolerable pain, cyst formation or inflammation, the doctor will decide to extract the tooth. The procedure will take place with the use of a local anesthetic.
An unerupted tooth is a source of infection. The risk is much higher than with anesthetics during treatment. Therefore, it is very important to address the wisdom tooth to avoid complications for the mother and her baby.
Dental treatment during pregnancy
It is advisable to postpone all procedures related to the treatment of wisdom teeth from the 3rd to the 6th month of pregnancy. But this applies to routine treatment, i.e. it applies to cases where urgent intervention by a doctor or anesthesia is not required. If something hurts or is swollen, see a doctor immediately. It is important to understand that dental problems do not resolve themselves, you need the help of a specialist.
Modern anesthetics are safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. Your physician chooses a suitable product that does not penetrate through the placenta or into the milk.
Before working on a wisdom tooth, the doctor needs to take an X-ray. You can't do without it in any case. Dental clinics use visiographs - modern low-dose X-ray machines.