Wisdom Tooth Removal – Precautions to Take When Pregnant
When you are pregnant if you have to have emergency dental work, such as wisdom tooth removal there are a few precautions you should take. It is best to wait until after delivery to have dental work done, but if this is not possible here are a few suggestions to help make the procedure safe.
First of all, be sure and let your dentist or surgeon know that you are pregnant. He or she can use a local anesthetic such as Novocain or Lidocaine that will not cause any problems with the baby.
If at all possible, try to have dental work during your second trimester. During the first trimester, your baby is forming vital organs and during the third trimester if could be very uncomfortable for you to lie on your back for an extended period of time.
If you need to take an antibiotic before or after your procedure it is generally safe to take penicillin or amoxicillin, but you should avid tetracycline.
Sometimes it will be necessary to have X-rays before your removal. These are necessary, but should be kept to a minimum. The X-rays used in dental work should pose little threat to your baby, but it is best do these during the second trimester (if possible).