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Pregnant and undergoing root treatment please help!



Junior member
Feb 20, 2009
I don't know exactly what advice I'm looking for here but I'm extremely worried now.

I've been having root treatment the past couple of weeks and was asked if I was pregnant or not and ofcourse I said no because this is what I thought to be true but I've found out on saturday that I am infact pregnant. I had been taking anti-biotics also for the tooth because it was badly infected, they were Amoxicillin 500mg-15 tabs and Metronidazole 500mg, 15 tablets of each which I did complete and I'm due to go back for the rest of my treatment this saturday coming.

I'm a tizz now and feel utterly stupid for not waiting but I honestly didn't think I would have got pregnant this month, I will be around 4-5 weeks right now.... please has anyone got any advice at all or would I be best to take it up with my gp or midwife?

What is the main reason for the dentist to ask if pregnant or not? I had x-rays done and they never asked then but they did ask when they were draining and cleaning the tooth?
I *thought* was pg when I'd had a load of dental x-rays once and totally freaked out about it. As it happened I wasn't, but I did all my research at the time because I was sure I was, and it seems that the amount of radiation used is (a) tiny and (b) very much localized in your mouth so I was reassured that a couple of x-rays really shouldn't harm your baby.

As for the antibiotics, I'm sure pregnant women are prescribed them for infections? By all means speak to your doctor as soon as you can, but I'm pretty sure that all your fears are just more examples of the sort of things women are made to feel guilty and anxious about, usually with little cause.
Hi cupcake, thanks for your post I just done a wee bit of research myself and found that they do use those drugs with pregnant women for other reasons, plus I managed a phone appointment with my Dr and all seems fine.

It's so easy to get in a tizz when your pregnant, well here's to the next 9 month's, thanks again for your reply I feel much better :thumbsup:
Metronidazole is usually avoided during the first 3 months of pregnancy. There isn't any particular reason for this, since women in early pregnancy like yourself have probably been having it for years. However, the manufacturers' guidance is that it shouldn't be used in the first trimester, so you probably won't be needing it again.
As for x-rays, there is almost no risk involved in having them taken, but again, most dentists would prefer not to x-ray women in early pregnancy, just to avoid all risks if possible.