Dental Treatment During Pregnancy
As a woman being Pregnant can be the most wonderful and exciting time in your life as you are bringing a new life into the world. Though it is not without it’s worries or anxieties as you want to ensure that you are doing the best you can for your baby and yourself. Everyone wants to ensure that you are giving your child the best start in life.
During pregnancy we will look after our body health and watch what we eat to ensure that the baby and ourselves will grow and form to be as healthy as they can be without any problems or issues occurring. However many women are wary and have concerns of seeing the dentist whilst pregnant as they are afraid that they may need X-rays or dental treatment. Here at the Marylebone Implant Centre we are here to dispel those fears and doubts and to let you know why it is so important for you to continue with your dental care and that some dental treatments are safe during pregnancy and to inform you why it is so important for you to have regular dental check ups and hygienist visits especially whilst you are pregnant.
Can I visit my dentist whilst pregnant:
If you are in your first trimester (first 12 weeks) of pregnancy please ensure you inform your dentist immediately and they will carry out your routine check up and cleaning. If you do require any major dental treatment your dentist will most likely postpone this until later in your pregnancy or advise you to postpone the dental treatment until after the birth of the baby. However if you have a dental emergency please do not wait.
It is very important to keep up with your routine dental check ups and hygienist visits whilst pregnant as pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease. You may find that your gums become more tender and bleed easily, this can be a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. We advise our pregnant mums to be to pay particular attention to any changes in their gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist or periodontal clinician as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact our hygienist Catriona on 02034342934 or at [email protected] if you would like to discuss with her good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce oral health problems.
Can I have dental treatment during pregnancy:
If you require a filling, root canal, tooth extraction or implants it is safe to have this dental treatment done again once you are out of your first trimester (first 12 weeks) and you are in your second trimester of pregnancy. However, depending on the procedures and the urgency of the dental treatment most dentists would probably advise you to wait until after the birth of your baby unless it is an emergency.
Can I have dental X-rays taken whilst pregnant:
These days thankfully dental x-rays have come a long way and most dentists will now use Digital X-rays therefore the radiation is extremely minimal and well within the safe range for you and your baby. Dental X-rays are not taken of the abdomen nor will affect the abdomen. Therefore if your dentist does recommend taking X-rays please do not worry. Most dentists will err on the side of caution and will recommend that X-rays are limited and are not taken in the first trimester (first 12 weeks) of your pregnancy unless it is an emergency situation.
Please ensure that you discuss your pregnancy as soon as possible with your dentist and hygienist and inform them of any medication that you may be taking during the pregnancy.
If you have any doubts or concerns at all about dental treatment, dental x-rays whilst you are pregnant then please feel free to contact one of our team at Marylebone Implant Centre on 02034342934 or at [email protected]