Is dental work safe during pregnancy?
A: An old wives’ tale states that each pregnancy claims one tooth, but in reality, pregnancy need not damage your teeth at all. Before you become pregnant, see your dentist to care for any existing problems and find out whether you need nutritional supplements such as prenatal vitamins.
Pregnancy is not a bar to dental work, but timing is important for non-emergency issues. Postpone elective procedures until after the baby is born, but make an appointment for the second trimester. Pregnant women are more likely to suffer from gingivitis, so a thorough deep cleaning only makes sense. This also allows your dentist to assess you for any emerging problems and treat them before they become severe.
The first trimester and the second half of the third trimester are considered the riskiest times to have dental work done, but even then, the risks are very slight. If you need emergency dental care, seek it, regardless of how far along you are. Tell your dentist and staff that you are pregnant to ensure proper X-ray shielding, and keep in mind that the risks from an untreated dental infection are much higher than the risks of emergency dental care.
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.