When you’re going through pregnancy, it’s natural to feel a bit nervous. After all, you’ll give birth to a bundle of joy in a few months! You wouldn’t want to do anything that could put your baby-to-be at risk. That said, you may be nervous about dental work at this point. Is it safe to receive such service when pregnant? Thankfully, though, your Denton dentist can calm your worries. Read on to learn why preventive dentistry is recommended when pregnant while the cosmetic and restorative types aren’t.
If It’s Preventive Dentistry? Absolutely!
Far from being unsafe, dental cleanings and exams are recommended during your pregnancy. While you’re waiting on your baby to be born, your body will experience elevated hormone levels that can make gums swell, bleed, and trap food. As a result, you’ll be at greater risk of gum disease that triggers preterm birth.
Dental work like cavity fillings and crowns, however, could reduce your odds of gum issues. If you receive such treatment when pregnant, though, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, you’ll likely have difficulty lying on your back for an extended period.
Root canals and tooth extractions may also be necessary while you’re pregnant.
For Cosmetic or Restorative Dentistry, Though? Not so Much
On the other hand, elective cosmetic or restorative treatments — teeth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers, etc. —should be postponed until after the birth. Having these procedures while pregnant could expose the developing baby to risks, even if these are minimal.
Consider dental implants, for example. The placement process requires strong anesthesia, which could harm your health and that of your baby. Many also involve X-rays, another risk the ADA discourages during the first trimester. Besides, the increased risk of gum disease from being pregnant could lead to implant failure.
Pregnancy-Related Dental Visit Tips
Of course, you could further ensure your visit’s safety even if you’re getting preventive work. Some tips include:
- Keep your Blood Flowing: Support healthy circulation by having your legs uncrossed while you sit in the dentist’s chair.
- Ease any Bodily Strain: Take a pillow to your appointment — it’ll help keep you and the baby more comfortable.
- Lower Your Stress Levels: To ensure you’re relaxed during your visit, have headphones and some favorite music at the ready.
In the end, a healthy smile will do worlds of good for you and your baby. Talk to your dentist about possible preventive procedures in the coming days.
About the Practice
Denton Dental Center is based in Denton, TX. As led by Dr. Todd Balington, the practice offers its patients a comprehensive variety of dental services. To that end, its staff provides preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as emergency tooth procedures. The team also ensures top-quality results by using the latest dental technology. For more information or to book an appointment, you can reach them at their website or by phone at (940)-383-3300.