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I went to school for dental assisting, but I am not currently doing that (SAHM). You have to have meds with a root canal and I am not sure if they have come up with a med safe during pregnancy, but your dentist has to have permission from your doctor to do the root canal. So discuss it with your doctor. All pregnant women should have dental checkups while pregnant though, b/c your teeth and gums are really sensitive during this time...you can have fillings done but a root canal is pushing it. Best of luck...never have had a root canal myself, but the patients I worked with didnt seem to fond of them.
I am getting a root canal done in a few weeks. My tooth has been hurting off and on for quite a while, and I cannot stand the pain it gives me, the root canal is better than all the drugs I would be reaching for.
Also, being pregnant, you want to keep your teeth and gums in good shape, there is a link between dental health and premature rupture of your membranes.
you can hae the root canal done as long as your OB is okay with it.. I wound up having 3 while I was pg. They will NOT pull any teeth while you are PG. You cannot have gas while you are pg either. Other than that it is perfectly safe.. Tehy will probably moniter your BP while you are having the work done.. Atleast mind did. Once you are numb the root canal doesnt hurt.
I had a root canal done before I was 3 months pg. I had to take amoxicylin (sp?) for 10 days first. The root canal was PAINLESS! I felt nothing, she gave me a couple shots in the gum and I felt nothing the entire time. It is just an uncomfortable procedure because you're laying back & have to have your mouth open for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs.
They said I could take Tylenol when I got home so it wouldn't hurt when the novicane wore off so I did. But I have to say I wasn't in any pain afterwards and you can even eat and drink on it that day.
I go back in July or August to get the cap/crown put on.
It's better to have it done than to have an infection in your body while pg, that's what my dr. told me. The infection is worse than the root canal.
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ummm.... i had a root canal done at 24 weeks and everything went fine and no its not as PAINFUL as everyone is saying! it didnt bother me when they did it or after they did it! and they didnt put my to sleep for it either. Good luck!!!!