Preventive, diagnostic, and restorative dental treatments are safe throughout pregnancy. Local anesthetics with epinephrine (e.g., bupivacaine, lidocaine, mepivacaine) may be used during pregnancy.
Is it safe to have dental work done while pregnant?
Dental treatment can be done at any time during pregnancy. However, the best time to perform elective dental treatment during pregnancy is in the second trimester, weeks 14 through 20. Keep in mind that if you have a dental infection or swelling, you might need immediate treatment.
What dental treatment is safe during pregnancy?
If you have a dental emergency, a root canal can be performed at any stage of pregnancy and shouldn’t be delayed. However, because x-rays are involved, the ideal time for dental surgery is during the second trimester.
Do I need to let my dentist know I’m pregnant?
Let your dental hygienist and dentist know you’re pregnant BEFORE x-rays are taken. The American Dental Association now says that getting x-rays are okay during pregnancy. X-rays are important in detecting oral health problems, including inflamed tooth pulp, bone loss and hidden tooth decay.
Can dental problems cause miscarriages?
Brief Summary: Oral infections can trigger the production of pro-inflammatory mediators that may be risk factors for miscarriage. The investigators investigated whether oral health care patterns that may promote or alleviate oral inflammation were associated with the history of miscarriage in Turkish women.
Can dental work cause miscarriage?
In our opinion, there is no increased risk for miscarriage with dental care and we don’t recommend delaying needed treatment. If major dental work or elective orthodontics is planned, patients might wish to consider waiting until after delivery. This is our general recommendation with most medical procedures.
Is private dental care free when pregnant?
Exemption for pregnant women
Pregnant women and women who have had a baby in the last 12 months get free NHS dental treatment. You may have to show proof, such as a maternity exemption certificate (MatEx), a maternity certificate (MATB1), or your baby’s birth certificate.
Should you get dental xrays while pregnant?
Experts agree that you can ease your mind about one subject – the science is clear – it is safe to get dental x-rays while pregnant. The FDA, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Radiology, all agree on the safety of dental x-rays during pregnancy.
What should you avoid at the dentist when pregnant?
The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums. Preventive dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth.
Can a tooth infection harm my unborn baby?
Some dental problems can affect a developing baby
It’s been suggested that up to 18 out of every 100 premature births could be linked to severe gum infection (periodontal disease).
What can accidentally cause a miscarriage?
There are many common reasons for miscarriage including genetic or chromosomal issues, placental problems, and long-term health conditions of the mother, infections, weakened cervix, and PCOS.