Are you a lactating mother? Has your wisdom tooth decayed excessively? Are your gums bleeding and aching? If you said yes, you might need to extract the wisdom tooth. However, it is important to remove wisdom tooth taking special precautions while breastfeeding so that drugs or medications won’t pass into your infant’s body through your milk. Read our post and learn all the important aspects of wisdom teeth removal while breastfeeding.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third or rearmost molars. We have four wisdom teeth i.e. two each in lower and upper jaws one tooth of the either side. The teeth are popular as ‘Wisdom’ since they erupt in growing ages from 16 to 21 years. Wisdom teeth help break and chew hard food, but if they decay or cause a lot of pain, then you need to remove them.
Causes Of Wisdom Teeth Removal In Nursing Mothers:
Hormone changes occur after delivery that affects gums surrounding the wisdom teeth and often result in inflammation and swollen and painful gums. Also, plaque accumulation around the wisdom teeth can infect them and make you suffer from acute tooth pain. So, it becomes necessary to remove the infected wisdom tooth while nursing your baby (1).
Symptoms Of Wisdom Teeth Removal In Nursing Mothers:
What signs stress the need for wisdom teeth removal while breastfeeding? Here are symptoms that make it inevitable to remove wisdom teeth.
- Chronic tooth pain
- Excessive tooth decay
- Cysts or fluid-filled sacs surrounding wisdom tooth
- Discoloration of teeth
- Pain and swelling of cheek
- Bad breath
- Repeated infection in the soft tissues near the wisdom tooth
- Damage to the surrounding teeth
- Infected gums or gum disease (2)
Depending on the condition of your wisdom tooth, dentists decide when it is the right time to remove it.
Wisdom Teeth Removal While Nursing:
Even though a majority of pharmaceutical medications and anesthetics do not affect the breastfeeding, you may need to wait for about 8 to 12 hours before a feed after you opt for treatment. You can also consult a qualified lactation consultant (IBCLC) regarding which drugs are appropriate and safe to have while breastfeeding.
Surgery is the most effective way of removing wisdom teeth while breastfeeding. Consult your anesthetist regarding how soon the effect of anesthesia will subside after the teeth removal or surgery. Also, make sure you feed your newborn before you go for the surgery. Have some spare breastmilk in the refrigerator.
2. Pain Relievers:
You may need pain relieving medicines to get relief from the pain post surgery. Consult your dentist to have painkillers that will be safe to have while breastfeeding. Most painkillers are safe to have while nursing but confirm these medicines with your dentist. The dentist may prescribe Nurofen or Panadol to help relieve oral pain. Make sure you breastfeed your baby before you take the painkiller.
3. Take Rest:
After the dental surgery, you may feel weak and tired, and you may not be in a position to get up and feed your newborn. Take rest. Make sure you have people to bring your dear little one to you for the feeds. The rest will promote your recovery.
4. Follow Appropriate Diet:
Eat nourishing, soft foods. Avoid having extremely hot foods and drinks. Initial few days after surgery, have liquids, such as soups, milkshakes, yogurt, and puddings. Avoid foods, such as nuts, popcorns, rice, sunflower seeds, and other foods, that accumulate in the dental sockets. Consult your dentist to follow safe and appropriate diet post dental surgery (3).
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