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Is it safe to have a root canal therapy while being pregnant?

Hey! I am Alice. I am 6 months pregnant. One of my molar teeth broke two weeks back. I had only mild pain at that time. Yesterday while I was having a candy bar, I started experiencing pain in my molar teeth. My husband took me to a dental clinic in Mississauga. The dentist, after examination, said that half of my molar teeth are broken and it has got cavities too. He suggested undergoing a root canal therapy. I am worried whether the root canal treatment would harm my baby. I discussed this with my husband and he told me to undergo the therapy. But I am confused. Is there anybody over here who has undergone a root canal therapy while being pregnant? How was your experience? Is it safe to have a root canal therapy while being pregnant? Does it have any side effects and complications? Please help me out!

  1. nica5248 months ago

    Hey! Alice Don't worry. Some women may elect to avoid dental work during the first trimester knowing this is the most vulnerable time of development. However, there is no evidence suggesting harm to the baby for those electing to visit the dentist during this time frame. if non-emergency dental work is needed during the third trimester, it is usually postponed until after the birth. So do visit your doctor regularly. These things happen in pregnancy.

  2. hannahperk8 months ago

    Hi there, how do you do. Yes you can do it without any tension. It has nothing to do with pregnancy in my opinion. Just take care about your diet after that. One factor is pain. Please be sure that you can handle pain. That's all. My friend had it while she was pregnant. She told me that the pain is unbearable. Not at the time of treatment because they give you dose. After that it is really painfull. The choice is yours at the end. It's really a good thing that you just asked it. It is not good to take this decisions on your own. This forum could help you with all the comments which makes your decision more mature. Best of luck dear.

  3. simona558 months ago

    Hi Alice, I have found this question to be too common, especially in winters. I just made a comment on a similar post at another forum. Would love to share my insights with you

  4. aylawoodruff8 months ago

    Hello everyone..I had an emergency root canal at 35 weeks. I was very scared (I had never had a root canal before). My OBGYN says it happens all the time. No problems at all. My endodontist used a digital x-ray, which may have lower radiation levels. He also used low-epi drugs to reduce risk to the baby. I was able to shift sideways and I carried a small pillow with me and was pretty comfortable for the 1-hour procedure. I was very worried about the pain afterward but luckily I only needed 1 Tylenol, when the Novocaine wore off. I never needed antibiotics, which I did not want to take! At 37 weeks, I just had the temporary crown put on, with a no-epi drug. My gums are a little agitated but not that much pain. I was very concerned with going through with this procedure but I'm glad that I did. My dentists were very understanding about the drugs and the time schedule I'm on. Now I don't have to wait and worry about taking care of it after the baby is born!

  5. Stacyhull8 months ago

    Recently my friend visited a doctor in a clinic. She discussed with me about a root canal. But to be true I don't know much about that. I never had it in my life. But all you have to do now is to visit a doctor and make sure to tell your complete detail and symptoms you can have or your previous medical history. Yes, it depends on a lot of your medical history, How will your body react when you had to go through from the procedure of root canal. Happy you are pregnant and thinking a lot about improvements in your body. I wish you best of luck to choose the best you can have in your life. Many couples used to give importance regarding this matter and you are one of them.

  6. Diana1998 8 months ago


    Hi Alicejp,
    I had a similar problem when I was carrying my second borne. One of my premolar teeth had a cavity, and it became very painful to drink cold water or hot liquids. I visited a doctor and explained my predicament. The doctor told me that it was safe to have a tooth canal therapy as long as the pregnancy was in the second trimester. I did not believe him, so I had to seek a third opinion. The second doctor repeated the same story I had had from the first doctor. At that point, I did not see the need to continue doubting. When I told my husband the story, he could not believe it. He laughed at me and told me that I would risk losing my child if I went for the therapy. He took me to another specialist who surprisingly just repeated what my first and second doctor had said. So I decided to have the therapy. However, I had to go through a series of x-rays that helped assess the internal structure of the tooth. I questioned the doctor why he wanted me to undergo x-ray since I knew that exposing a pregnant woman to X- rays could harm the baby. The doctor told me that most pregnant women fear that but these fears were unfounded. He said that the X-ray is aimed at the mouth and not the abdomen. So, there was no way it could harm the fetus. He also told me that he would provide a vest to protect my baby from the rays. I accepted, and the therapy was conducted. It was a success, and I later gave birth to a baby boy.

  7. MaryHover8 months ago

    I already told you there is nothing to be a worry in that. Just try to contact your knowing doctor. In that, he could tell you and aware you of all possible circumstances of the situation. After that don't be worry about anything. Just do whatever your doctor says. Take your treatment properly. May you have many many more, my dear. Just try to take care allot of yourself. Take care allot dear. I hope you are going to take a decision now.

  8. KathleenChang8 months ago

    Hi Alice! I hope you're feeling better now! First and foremost thing don't feel stressed! I know the whole situation must be worrisome but for your child, it's important you feel relaxed. Therefore take deep breaths.Now let's address the main issue! Since half of your molar teeth are causing you immense pain, I really think you should get the treatment done. The treatment is not at all harmful to the baby as long as the dentist uses the right medication throughout the procedure. All of that, But, I don't really think that it has anything to do with your pregnancy. So, just chill! Stay calm and go with it! But, still, if you're having any issues that might come with it you should get consulted it with your Dentist or OBs...He or she will guide you better.

  9. lenda_honey7 months ago

    I am no expert at this but I think you should wait.I mean call me old fashioned but is it really worth it? whats the point of scientific evidence if things result in disaster.So be careful and take something light to ease your pain.The anaesthesia might be harmful to your baby.I wish your pain eases and have a happy future.Take care of yourself love.only a small amount of time is left, you can do it.Believe in yourself girl.

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