If you perform a quick online search for this question, you may see that the answer is “yes,” however, that answer comes with several caveats. Since every woman is unique in her pregnancy experience, it’s impossible to say the answer is always “yes.” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association state that procedures beyond regular dental exams and cleanings, such as dental implants, should wait to be performed until at least after the first trimester or after the pregnancy ideally.
Consult with your gynecologist or obstetrician first if you prefer a dental implant. They will be able to tell you based on your specific pregnancy whether or not you should wait before getting an implant done. There are also other tooth replacement options that you can consider during your first trimester of pregnancy, such as a bridge or a partial denture.
When you see a dentist for routine exams and cleanings during pregnancy, the dentist may use a local anesthetic. However, oral surgeons prefer to wait until a woman has passed her first trimester in more invasive procedures like dental implants, where x-rays and stronger anesthesia are often required. While studies indicate that local anesthesia is entirely safe for a mother and her baby during pregnancy, x-rays and deeper levels of sedation are not.
One other consideration is your stress level. Because implants are considered the most invasive of all tooth replacement options, many patients experience stress just thinking about it. Most women experience a level of stress being pregnant. But when you add additional stress from concerns about medical procedures, the effects on both mother and child are not good. Studies have shown that high stress in women may be associated with lower birth weight and with premature delivery. Unnecessary stress is not advised during pregnancy. Contact Great Neck Dental Associates today to learn about other tooth replacement options.
Here are some things to be aware of when it comes to your oral health during pregnancy:
A few techniques that you can try for stress reduction include prenatal massages and making sure that you relax and recover from whatever caused you stress.
At Great Neck Dental Associates, we provide general, cosmetic, and pediatric dentistry., We welcome you and your little one to visit our office for family dental care. The best time to bring your child for their first dental visit is when they are six months old.