April 4, 2022
Pregnancy can be an exciting time in your life, but it can also mean a lot of uncertainty and worry. You now have an additional passenger on board to think about, and things like dental visits might warrant additional concern. Here’s what you need to know about receiving dental work while you’re pregnant so you can make the best decision for both your smile and your baby.
Which Dental Procedures Are Safe for Pregnant Women?
Being pregnant does not exempt you entirely from dental work; in fact, there are still many procedures that are perfectly safe:
Checkups and cleanings – It’s crucial to prevent oral infections such as gum disease while you’re pregnant, as it has been linked to preterm birth. Regularly visiting your dentist twice each year for checkups and cleanings can help to prevent this—and your dentist will ensure that everything is completely safe and comfortable for you and your baby.
Cavity fillings and crowns – Preventing infection is critical, so treating cavities and getting crowns as needed is important and perfectly safe for those who are pregnant. Ideally, this dental work should be completed prior to the third trimester, while the patient is still able to lie comfortably on their back.
Emergency dentistry – Accidents can happen anytime, and even if you’re pregnant you might find yourself with a broken tooth or some other type of dental emergency that requires immediate attention. Even if you need help because of something like a toothache, you don’t have to wait—reach out to your dentist so that they can assist you!
Which Dental Procedures Should I Avoid If I’m Pregnant?
While there is a lot of dental work that can be safely carried out during pregnancy, there are some procedures that should be avoided:
Dental X-rays – Even though these are a routine part of many biannual checkups, they can usually be postponed until after birth. However, the American College of Radiology found that with the proper shielding, it is perfectly safe for pregnant women to receive X-rays without worrying about adverse effects in the developing baby.
Cosmetic procedures – Even though most cosmetic dental procedures are extremely safe and unlikely to lead to any complications, it’s best to wait until after you’ve given birth. This reduces the risk of your baby being exposed to any unnecessary dangers, even if they are minimal.
If you’re pregnant and have questions about certain dental procedures, it’s best to talk with your dentist so they can evaluate your needs and determine the best course of action. With their help, you’ll have one less thing to worry about while you’re expecting; your smile is in good hands!
About the Author
Born and raised in the area, Dr. Shiloh D. Lindsey is honored to serve the dental needs of patients and families in Fort Collins. Dr. Lindsey received her DDS from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry and is a member of many professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, and the Larimer County Dental Society. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lindsey, feel free to reach out through her website or give her a call: (970) 221-3700.
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