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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Dental Extraction and Pregnancy

12/30/2009

Question:

Hi Expert, I wonder why a pregnant woman cannot have their tooth extracted. Will the extraction cause an abortion?

Answer:

Pregnant women can and do have teeth removed if necessary (Symptomatic, Infected. Painful).  Usually they are limited to the use of a local anesthetic (Novacaine). The middle trimester of pregnancy is the best time for tooth extraction assuming there have been no major problems with the pregnancy. 

 

Control of pain after extraction may be limited to just Tylenol or perhaps Tylenol with some form of Codeine. The chance of causing abortion from a tooth extraction would be almost zero. 

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Response by:

David Lee Hall, DDS David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University