Cosmetic Dentistry During Pregnancy
When you are pregnant, there are lots of things happening with your body, and you’ve probably already been given a laundry list of things that you can’t or shouldn’t do while pregnant. So, it’s no surprise that many of our patients come to us, wondering about continuing cosmetic dental services while they are pregnant. If you have started the process of repairing or improving your smile, and become pregnant, it is important that you fully understand what needs to wait and what can be done while you are waiting for the arrival of your child. If you have recently found out you are pregnant, here’s what you need to know about cosmetic dentistry and your pregnancy.
Crowns, Implants and Veneers
Most of our cosmetic dentistry patients are using one or a combination of these techniques to make improvements on their smile. Especially in the case of implants, this process can take a number of appointments to complete. If you become pregnant while we are working through this process, we may need to halt your work until your baby arrives or wait until your second trimester of pregnancy. The local anesthetic we use to numb your mouth during dental procedures can have impacts on your baby in the early stages of pregnancy. Once you enter your second trimester you can safely continue procedures that require local anesthetic. If you are one of our many patients that prefer to be sedated during your procedures, we suggest holding off on cosmetic procedures like implants until after your baby arrives.
Most whitening products are fairly safe, so continuing to use whitening products during your pregnancy, whether they are in-office procedures or at-home whitening kits, should be safe. It is more important than ever to follow instructions for the product that you have selected, and if you have questions or concerns about whitening your teeth during pregnancy, you should consult with your physician. It is useful to mention that many women experience changes in their teeth during pregnancy. For some this can mean increased sensitivity. If your teeth have become more sensitive with your pregnancy, you may want to avoid whitening products, since they can be uncomfortable and cause a small amount of pain during use. This is more common however with in-office treatments than at-home products.
While we will always recommend that non-essential procedures wait until after your baby is born, it is important to take care of emergency procedures right away. If you have an abscessed tooth, or lose or damage a tooth during pregnancy, even if it requires local anesthetic to fix, you need to make sure that you are taking care of damaged or injured teeth. Waiting to make repairs to a damaged or missing tooth, or not addressing an abscessed tooth can result in far more substantial dental health issues. In some cases, this may include damages to the jaw and surrounding tissues that may require extensive work and many procedures to repair. It is important to distinguish between the cosmetic procedures that make your smile look good and emergency procedures that are necessary for protecting your overall dental health.
I Want More Information on Dental Care During Pregnancy from Troy Dentist, Dr. Mansky!
If you are pregnant and are curious about how you should care for your smile through your pregnancy, Dr. Paul Mansky and his Troy Dental Team are here to help. We can offer suggestions for everything thing from daily dental care while you’re pregnant to the cosmetic procedures you can do now or you should wait on. To schedule an appointment to discuss your pregnancy dental health, call us today at (248) 689-5508.