I am 24-weeks pregnant and my tooth is killing me. I am scared to get it fixed due to the anaesthetic and X-rays. Should I see my dentist or is there another way to get rid of the pain?
It is a common misconception that having dental treatment performed while pregnant maybe harmful to your unborn child. In fact the non-treatment of dental disease can have more deleterious effects. The chance of infection, the adverse effects of analgesics, and the stress of pain, can all cause harm to your baby, and the risks of these far outweigh the potential for problems by undergoing dental treatment.
The use of the correct local anaesthetics is completely safe for both you and your child, and any necessary X-rays can be safely taken with the use of a lead apron, and radiation doses for dental X-rays (especially digital) are very small. X-rays are a very useful diagnostic tool. The potential for harm due to X-rays is greatly reduced after the first trimester which you have obviously passed.
Your dentist is the only person qualified to deal with dental pain, and has sufficient training to take your pregnancy into consideration. The alternative of pain-relieving drugs is far more harmful, so go and see your dentist, please!
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