Can You Get a Root Canal While Pregnant?

Can You Get a Root Canal While Pregnant

Pregnancy is a time of immense physical, emotional, and mental change. It is also a time when many dental procedures are put on hold due to potential risks. If you are pregnant and need to get a root canal, it’s important to know if the procedure is safe while pregnant. Let’s take a look at the facts. 

Root Canal Safety During Pregnancy

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) states that “due to the potential for increased sensitivity during pregnancy, endodontic treatment should be postponed whenever possible until after delivery.”

This means that if the tooth can wait until after your baby’s birth, then it is best to delay any root canal treatments until then. However, if you have an infected tooth with severe pain or swelling, then root canal therapy might be necessary. 

If you do need to get a root canal while pregnant, there are some steps you can take to ensure safety for both you and your baby.

First and foremost, make sure that your dentist knows that you are pregnant before starting any procedure. Additionally, make sure that all medications used in the procedure are approved for use during pregnancy.

Your dentist will probably advise against taking antibiotics prior to or after the procedure because they may not be safe during pregnancy.

Be prepared to discuss all available options with your dentist before starting treatment so that he or she can determine the safest course of action for you and your baby.

Dental X-Rays

Another important thing to keep in mind is that X-rays should only be taken if absolutely necessary and only after consultation with your obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN).

If X-rays must be taken during pregnancy, practice extra caution by using protective shielding over the abdomen area and limiting exposure time as much as possible.

Potential Risks and Benefits

In addition to safety concerns, there are some potential risks and benefits associated with getting a root canal while pregnant. For example, if you do decide to go ahead with the procedure, you may experience some discomfort due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. 

Furthermore, sedation dentistry (which is often used during root canals) may not be recommended due to potential risks associated with certain medications used in sedation dentistry.

On the other hand, getting a root canal while pregnant can help prevent serious infection from developing in your teeth or gums which could potentially lead to complications for both you and your baby down the line.

Tips for Getting Root Canals While Pregnant

When considering getting a root canal while pregnant, here are some tips that may help:

  • Consult your doctor or dentist before making any decisions about dental procedures during pregnancy.
  • Make sure that all necessary precautions are taken.
  • Avoid having more than one dental procedure done at once.
  • Take pain medication only if absolutely necessary.
  • Talk to your dentist about using local anesthetic instead of sedation dentistry.
  • Be aware of any possible side effects.
  • Stay hydrated and eat healthy foods before and after the procedure.
  • Rest as much as possible after the procedure is complete. 


All in all, getting a root canal while pregnant isn’t ideal but it may be necessary in some cases where there’s severe pain or swelling present in an infected tooth.

The key is communication between your OB/GYN and your dentist so that they can determine what’s best for both mother and baby depending on individual circumstances.

If it turns out that the root canal cannot wait until after delivery, just make sure all medications used during treatment are approved for use during pregnancy prior to proceeding with the procedure. That will help ensure safety throughout the entire process!

Dr. Jay Feldman

Dr. Jay Feldman

Dr. Jay Feldman is an experienced and highly-respected dentist with decades of experience in the field for over 10 years. He specializes in root canals and extractions, but he also provides general dentistry services such as check-ups, cleanings, fillings, sealants, and more. He dedicates much of his free time to contributing content for Here.