Toothache - During Pregnancy

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How is a toothache treated during pregnancy?

Dental treatment can be safely performed during pregnancy as long as a few guidelines are followed.

Generally, if dental work is required to treat a toothache, the recommended time for treatment is during the second trimester of pregnancy. However, if there is risk of infection or severe pain, dental treatment may need to be performed at any point during a pregnancy. The obstetrician is consulted on what would be the safest option to avoid any possible complications during treatment.

If a dental X-ray is needed, a lead apron is used to properly protect the patient. For a pregnant patient, this is particularly important in protecting the unborn child.

Care should be taken in the types of medications that can be taken during pregnancy. This applies to local anesthetics administered during dental treatment and antibiotics taken before or after treatment. Over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve) are avoided as these are not safe during pregnancy. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is considered safe for pain management.

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