Can I have elective dental work done during pregnancy?
In general, dental work can be performed during pregnancy. The second trimester is considered the safest, as the first and third trimesters are particularly critical times in the baby’s development. However, most dental experts agree that it is best to delay elective dental work until after your baby is born. There are two main reasons for this:
Risks to the Baby: It is extremely unlikely that one or two dental X-rays would harm the baby, particularly with proper shielding. Likewise, your dentist can come up with a combination of antibiotics and medications that are not considered especially harmful. However, pregnancy is a relatively short-term condition. It makes no sense to expose your baby to even minimal risks for a procedure that can be safely delayed until after you give birth.
Maternal Discomfort: Although a handful of women sail through pregnancy with no discomfort, most women battle some nausea, aches and pains, and other physical symptoms. Laying on your back in the dentist’s chair is not exactly comfortable under the best conditions, so why add to your general feelings of unwellness? Once you are back to your normal shape and size, dental appointments will be far more comfortable.
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.