It is natural and a mother or mother-to-be to avoid any actions that could put your unborn child at risk. This will help note of any risks associated with dentistry whilst pregnant. For further information consulting your general dentist for advice will be of benefit.
Three dental procedures are recommended to avoid while pregnant. These procedures are not necessary so easily avoidable for the term of your pregnancy:
- Happy gas
- Removing amalgam fillings
If you are about to start trying for a pregnancy, contact your dentist to ensure that all x-rays and dental procedures are up to date and can be completed before becoming pregnant. Visiting a dentist with a newborn can also be a daunting task, and can put off some mothers from visiting the dentist as regularly as they should be for checkups. This is another reason it is recommended seeing a dentist before trying to become pregnant and also throughout your pregnancy.
Dental cleans become especially important during pregnancy, and it is encouraged that you have your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist more than you would usually to avoid pregnancy gingivitis.
More complex dental procedures including fillings and crowns are best to be performed during the second trimester of pregnancy, as it is likely that morning sickness or nausea would have subsided.
If an even more complex procedure such as a root canal or extraction needs to take place during your pregnancy, it is obviously best to do so sooner rather than later to prevent the spread of infection or worsening of pain. Sometimes x-rays need to be taken before a procedure such as these. If this is the case, you will have an extensive consultation with your dentist to assess if the risk will outweigh the reward.