Can You Get Dental Implants During Pregnancy?
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If you are expecting, you might have a few questions about what dental care is safe during pregnancy and what is not suitable at this time. There are so many warning signs about what you should and shouldn’t do during your nine months, it’s hard to keep track of it all. Some of the more obvious items (like not drinking or smoking) are simple things to temporarily stop, but what about dental related health issues? If you have an oral issue that needs to be fixed, is it safe to do so while pregnant?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, annual exams and preventive dental cleanings are safe and recommended. When you are pregnant, your hormone levels are rising and this can cause your gums to bleed and swell, as well it can trap food in between your teeth which can cause increased gum irritation. By having preventive dental work performed while you are pregnant, you are able to avoid oral infections like gum disease.
Other dental work such as crowns and cavity fillings are ok during pregnancy as they help to reduce the chance of infection. The second trimester is ideal for getting these types of treatments as in the third trimester, you will find it extremely difficult to stay on your back for this period of time. If you are able to postpone these procedures until after the birth, it is best, but sometimes things are necessary for your overall health (for example: tooth extraction or root canals, which are both safe to have done).
However, if you would like to have cosmetic procedures completed such as teeth whitening, wait until after the birth – you do not want to expose your baby to any level of risk, big or small.
Pregnancy and dental work tips:
- Tell your dentist you are pregnant
- Keep up to date with your preventive exams and cleanings
- Eat a balanced diet – Take a look at the Canadian Food Guide
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Bring a pillow to keep your comfy
- Postpone all non-emergency elective dental work until after the delivery
- keep your legs uncrossed when you are sitting in the dentist’s chair – this will help you to maintain healthy circulation.
You can call us at 1 866-539-5064 to speak with us about your questions and concerns about pregnancy and dental work. We can help to ease your mind and provide you with clear answers about what’s safe and what’s not during your pregnancy.