Is dental work safe during pregnancy?
Answer by Roger W. Harms, MD.
A dental treatment can be performed at any time during pregnancy. However, the best time for elective dental care during pregnancy is the second trimester, weeks 14 to 20.
At this point, the development of the fetal organs is completed and the risk of side effects is lower. Research also suggests that women who receive fillings, receive tooth extractions, or receive root canal treatment during the second trimester, do not have higher problem rates at birth. In addition, nausea and postural discomfort during the second trimester are often less of a problem.
Keep in mind that immediate treatment is required for oral pain or swelling. The consequences of not treating an infection during pregnancy outweigh the possible risks of the drugs used during dental treatment. Your doctor will carefully monitor the use of antibiotics or painkillers.
If you have questions or concerns about dental care during pregnancy, consult your doctor.
Updated: 2015-01-10  Release date: 10.01.2015