Wisdom Tooth Extraction During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the most important thing for a mother is to protect her health, and to secure the health of the growing baby inside of her. These two things are the two sides of the same coin, as the baby can only mature in a healthy way in a healthy environment, and in a healthy womb. Likewise, illness of the foetus often causes stress and disease in the mother as well, although this is not always the case. 

Health measures

Procedures which tax the body unduly and can risk harming the baby are best left for after the pregnancy. Any and all elective surgeries or surgeries that can wait are best left for after the third trimester, once the baby is alive and well, and is outside of the mother’s womb. But not all surgeries are elective, so the question is what to do with these procedures, and when is it best to have them. The rule of thumb is that any condition that taxes the mothers system is one that is a risk to the pregnancy, and thus it should be eliminated. But when do we know that a condition is taxing and is thus a risk to the safety of the baby?

Pain: Your body is under stress if it is feeling pain. The mother should not feel pain while pregnant, and certainly any condition which is a constant source of pain (like an infected wisdom tooth) needs to be eliminated as quickly as possible.

Infection: The immune system is over taxed and much weaker than usual while expecting. This means that any and all bacterial infections need to be dealt with before antibiotics can be used, as antibiotics can also harm the foetus and delay certain aspects of development. 

Inhibition: If a condition is preventing the mother from eating, sleeping, or doing any other essential activity, than that condition needs to be fixed as soon as possible. You need to get plenty of rest, eat plenty of food, go to the toilet often enough, etc in order to make sure that your body is as healthy as possible.

Wisdom teeth during pregnancy

Wisdom teeth are a problem for every adult, as the space of our heads has gotten smaller, but the number of teeth has not changed, and thus these teeth are more likely to become compacted. What’s worse, they are located at the back of the head, making them difficult to clean and brush, and wisdom teeth frequently become infected and ruined. During pregnancy, this is even more the case. As the immune system is weakened, it cannot deal with the usual bacteria that it has in the mouth, leading to a proliferation of harmful bacteria. This causes the tissues to swell up, giving adequate housing to the bacteria, which then attack the teeth and also cause bleeding of the gums and periodontitis. Gums around the wisdom teeth are particularly prone to infection.

Nota bene

Make sure that there is a dialogue between your gynecologist and your dentist, especially if you need to take medication during pregnancy. Make sure you mention what medicine you are taking and what kind of special conditions apply to you. If in doubt, have your dentist send your treatment plan over to your ob/gyn, and have them take a look at it for you.

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