I am nine weeks pregnant. In May my dentist told me I would need to get root canal treatment done on one of my front bottom teeth as the nerves are dead and the tooth could fall out. Is this possible now that I am pregnant? Also if I needed a filling is this possible when pregnant?

Expert Answer


Your dentist is giving very good advice for the wellbeing of you and your baby.

The dentist's main concern is that the dead tooth may be a source of chronic infection in your body. It is important that this tooth is root treated as soon as possible so that any infection or inflammation is cleared up as quickly as possible.


You will shortly be approaching the second trimester of your pregnancy. This is a good time to have any necessary dental treatment including fillings carried out safely. You should mention to your medical doctor that your dentist has recommended treatment.


It is also a good time to have your teeth and gums cleaned and to get advice about how to clean your gums properly. Your gums are extra sensitive to the effects of dental plaque when you are pregnant.

Dr. Gerard Gavin, Vhi DeCare Dental

Remember your dental health is important for your overall health. Eat a Balanced Healthy Diet, Brush and Floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly.

5th August 2011