Dentists commonly get inquiries from pregnant women about certain dental procedures. The main concern of these particular patients is the safety of the treatments given their delicate condition.
Undertaking Safe Treatments
Preventative oral cleaning is not only safe, but also highly recommended by practitioners, as pregnancy instigates an increase in hormone levels, causing the gums to bleed, swell and trap food that lead to irritation. This treatment is necessary to avoid gum disease or oral infections that can affect the patient’s baby.
Other dental treatments, such as cavity fillings and crowns, which reduce the chances of infection, are relatively safe for pregnant women, as well. Practitioners say that the most ideal time for patients to get treatments is during the second trimester of their pregnancy, as they may experience difficulty lying on their back for extensive hours when they enter the third trimester.
It is logical to postpone cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening until the patients give birth. But, there are emergency dental works that may be necessary, such as tooth extraction and root canal treatment.
Avoiding Risks and Problems
Some dental treatments appear to be safer for pregnant women than others; however, there are still risks. There is no clear indication yet, but studies show that certain medications used for dental treatments are not safe for developing babies. Lidocaine, a common dental drug, crosses the placenta after administration.
The amount of anaesthesia should also be as minimal as possible, but dentists can administer more if patients are not comfortable. Additional numbing may also be necessary to lessen the level of stress the mothers and developing babies experience. Antibiotics (category B) that treat infections are relatively safe, as well. In addition, X-rays have no substantial negative effects on the embryo or foetus.
To avoid dental complications during pregnancy, women should eat a healthy diet and brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Regular visits to the dentist is also necessary.
Most pregnant women experience dental problems due to insufficient amount of calcium intake. Here at Unidental, we recommend undergoing a thorough check up to make sure their teeth and gums are in good condition. For patients who need dental implants, we apply a system that makes full use of advanced digital planning software to ensure the precision and efficiency of the dental implants.
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