You Can Have A Root Canal If It Is Absolutely Necessary, So Don't Worry.
Ofcourse you may be hesitant to do root canal surgery while you are pregnant. Root canal surgery entails several things that may be harmful to your baby. The medication used for pain control and x-rays are the main concern. For the most part, it is really up to you, your doctor and your dentist to decide whether it is safe to have this surgery during pregnancy.
For the most part, if you need to have it, I'm sure both your OBGYN doctor and your dentist will agree on procedures that will be safe for your baby. If there are any concerns at all, your OBGYN will let you know what her concerns are and advise you whether or not to go through with the procedure.
According to the New York State Department of Health, all health care professionals should advise women that:
- Dental care is safe and effective during pregnancy. Oral health care should be coordinated among prenatal and oral health care providers.
- First trimester diagnosis and treatment, including needed dental x-rays, can be undertaken safely to diagnose disease processes that need immediate treatment.
- Needed treatment can be provided throughout pregnancy; however, the time period between the 14th and 20th week is ideal.
- Elective treatment can be deferred until after delivery.
- Delay in necessary treatment could result in significant risk to the mother and indirectly to the fetus.
The Cleveland Clinic states the following in regard to what dental care you should receive during pregnancy: "It's always best to complete any major dental treatment prior to pregnancy. Routine dental care, on the other hand, can be received during the second trimester. As a precautionary measure, dental treatments during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester should be avoided as much as possible. These are critical times in the baby’s growth and development, and it’s simply wise to avoid exposing the mother to procedures that could in any way "influence" the baby’s growth and development. All elective dental procedures should be postponed until after the deliver."
So in essence, if you absolutely have to have a root canal that cannot wait until the delivery of your baby, then your dentist and your OBGYN will work with you to get that done in a way that will not harm your baby. Try to avoid dental treatment during the first trimester and the second half of the third trimester. If you have to wait, don't be concerned about your baby's health due to dental issues. Dental issues are VERY common during pregnancy. The National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research found that there was no difference in the neurodevelopment of children from mothers who delayed dental surgeries until after the baby's birth.
Make sure you are getting plenty of whole food nutrition and taking your vitamins (whole, natural vitamins as opposed to synthetic). Consult with both your dentist and your OBGYN, think about what you want to do and make your informed decision. You can try OraMD" or Spry Products With Xylitol" to see if the problem is controlled during pregnancy. You would brush with OraMD daily and follow the directions of use. With the Spry product, you can use it as a rinse after you eat and between brushings. Alway talk with your doctor about what your are doing and make sure it is safe for your baby.
Many, many people have also reported getting good results with most dental problems by using colloidal silver. Silver used to be the preferred antibiotic used in the medical field before the invention of anti-biotics. It is still used in many hospitals as an antibiotic. Silver is said to kill the bad bacteria without harming the good ones. Using silver with a good sonic toothbrush may solve your dental problems. Do your research online and look on Amazon to see what colloidal silver products work best. Talk to your dentist for futher advice.
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