dental work and breastfeeding

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My wisdom teeth are killing me! I have been putting off getting them pulled for a while but I think I need to get them taken care of because they are causing me a lot of pain. I am very nervous about having surgery while breastfeeding.... any other mom's go thru this? what medications did you get so you could breastfeed?

yeah I need all four cut out because they are impacted... its pretty bad I shouldn't have waited so long.


Miranda - posted on 12/04/2009




I just let my dentist know that I was still breastfeeding, and they ended up prescribing me pain meds that they gave me in the hospital post c-section. I think they gave me Darvocet. I was still able to breastfeed, without having to dump any of my breastmilk.

Laura - posted on 12/02/2009




When you get your wisdom teeth removed you are prescribed to vicodin. You actually CAN breastfeed within 2 to 4 hours after surgery. The reason most doctors say to wait 24 hours is that they were trained before anyone every studied anesthetics in breast milk. Well, this has now been researched and shown that the levels of anesthetic medication used in general anesthesia do not significantly persist in the breast milk beyond a couple hours. The little that does remain for the rest of the day is so minimal, that it will have no noticeable effect on the baby.

It takes 4 hours for prescription medications to metabolize out of the breastmilk. You can either 1. Pump before hand so you have a supply left (great idea if your child is an infant or 2. Pump and dump 4 hours afterwards, including all prescribed medication (not needed but for humor purposes only).

Nicole - posted on 12/03/2009




I had all of my wisdom teeth removed while breastfeeding. I was under local anesthesia and 3 of the four had to be cut out. One of those 3 were growing towards the rest of my teeth (sideways). Doing it this way can be a little unnerving though, because you are very aware of what's going on and the sound is scary, but I didn't want to be under general anesthesia because there was no recovery process and I was able to breastfeed right after the procedure. I do know now that you can breastfeed even after being under compatible general anesthesia.

I was prescribed Percocet for pain, but I didn't want to take the risks, so I stuck with Motrin and it worked fine.

My advice is to talk it over with your dentist and come to a decision together. If you don't have a dentist picked yet, try to find one that is supportive of breastfeeding. This helped me a lot. Not just in this case, but when I got braces several years later and breastfeeding another child, I needed four more teeth pulled due to overcrowding (otherwise braces wouldn't have helped) and my new dentist was supportive as well. He told me the whole time during the procedure that he was so proud of me for giving my baby the best and told me about how his wife breastfed all of their children. It was nice to hear.

I hope all of the comments help and good luck with your procedure. =)

Anabel - posted on 07/12/2013




i was planning to have my decayed tooth be removed. will it be ok while breastfeeding my baby?

Nikki - posted on 12/03/2009




its perfectly safe to have dental work. you just have to have them done in the chair with a local anesetic because a general anesetic can dry up your breat milk. ive had 2 removed while feeding my first and am getting the other two done once this one is born.

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Minnie - posted on 12/03/2009




I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed under general anesthesia when my daughter was three months old. It's half an hour, and my husband brought her to me as soon as I was concsious. I nursed her lying down in the recovery room.

The anesthesia used has a very quick half-life and is effectively out of your system by the time you are awake. No need to pump and dump at all.Advil was sufficient for the swelling and pain afterwards, but there are quite a few breastfeeding-safe pain medications available.

Brenda - posted on 12/03/2009




Oh, and make sure to take probiotics with the antibiotics so you don't come down with a case of thrush. Thrush can be caused by taking antibiotics. I got lucky and didn't end up getting it.

Brenda - posted on 12/03/2009




You can nurse as soon as you aren't nauseas (sp) there is no need to pump and dump at all. I had wisdom tooth work done and was given vicodin. He was four weeks old at the time, and we came through just fine. I took about ten days of Vicodin. I was put out for it as well. gives detailed information.

Elle - posted on 12/02/2009




Depending on your pain tolerance you could try just tylenol or advil. If you need something stronger askd for Toradol, Demerol, Nubain or Darvocet- all are approved for breastfeeding mothers. Check out a medications lactation category, it will help you decide what is the best medication for you. Enough of the anesthetic used for the surgery will be out of your system to safely breastfeed by the time you are with it enough to safely hold your baby.

Brandy - posted on 12/02/2009




I got wisdom teeth out while breastfeeding. They used freezing and they only have to give you an antibiotic if they have to cut in and you can b/f with a mild antibiotic. I've never heard of the vicodin thing before. Any of my friends who got theirs out were just given Tylenol 3's (codien) and since I was breastfeeding, I just used regular tylenol. It depends on their method whether or not it's going to interfere. Depends whether you will need anesthetic and whether you can handle the pain afterwards with just tylenol or if you think you will need a stronger pain med. Talk to your dentist and doctor about it before you do it.

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Do you have to have them all removed surgically? I had my top wisdoms removed 4 weeks post-partum and I exclusively breastfeed my son. My top wisdoms weren't rooted very deep or close to nerves, so I was able to have them removed with just a small amount of local anaesthetic and although I fortunately didn't need antibiotics and wasn't in any pain afterwards, the dentist did suggest that paracetemol would be sufficient to control any pain issues. I was able to continue breastfeeding my son as a result without the need to pump and store milk prior to the procedure. I have to have my bottom wisdoms removed under general anaesthetic at some point, but they aren't causing any pain or problems yet so I am able to wait a bit before this procedure is necessary. I plan on pumping and storing a good supply of breastmilk before this. I suggest you call your dentist or oral surgeons office for advice regarding this matter.

MarthaLynn - posted on 12/02/2009




Depending on your level of pain, you might be able to get by with LorTab 5s. They're not as strong as 7.5s, and you won't have to pump at all. I had to take 7.5s sporadically, and my son was never affected.

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