During your pregnancy, it’s important that you take care of your teeth, wisdom teeth being no exception. However, if a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, you might wonder if it’s all right to have it pulled. You’ll have to discuss this with your doctor and dentist, but if there is a serious problem, you can probably have it taken care of even if you are pregnant.
Precautions During Pregnancy
In general, it’s a good idea to avoid X-rays and any kind of anesthetic while you are pregnant. Though the chances of there being a problem with your baby are slim, it’s always best to be cautious. You should also be sure to take good care of your teeth, because during pregnancy you are more susceptible to problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
If a dental problem does crop up, such as a problem with your wisdom teeth, you will need to discuss your options with both your obstetrician and your dentist, as well as the oral surgeon who will perform the procedure. If a procedure such as an extraction can be delayed until after your baby is born, this might be the better option. However, if you have an impacted wisdom tooth that is causing you discomfort, it might be better to have it removed. This is a decision you’ll have to make under the guidance of medical professionals.
Taking Care of Your Teeth During Pregnancy
During your pregnancy, it’s very important to take good care of your teeth. You should brush and floss regularly, and be sure to see your dentist according to your regular schedule. The changes you experience during pregnancy affect your teeth and gums as well as the rest of your body, putting you at a greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
You might find that your gums bleed more readily when you brush and floss. While this is not uncommon, you should mention it to your dentist. You might also find that your teeth are more sensitive. Again, mention this to your dentist if you find it concerning.
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