The Safety of Tooth Extraction During Pregnancy
Pregnancy not only changes your body, but it can also cause changes in your mouth. The increase of hormone levels during pregnancy put women at higher risk of developing gum disease and other dental issues. Staying current with visits to the dentist every six months should be one of the priorities for pregnant women while they care for themselves and the health of their unborn baby.
At our LN Dental Chester Hill, we recommend that pregnant women undergo routine dental care just as they would if they were not pregnant. But what about tooth extraction during pregnancy?
In the past, many people believed it wasn’t safe to go to the dentist when pregnant, but this is outdated thinking. We know now that women are particularly vulnerable to changes in their oral health when they are pregnant, so routine dental care is more important than ever.
Digital x-rays haven’t been shown to be unsafe during pregnancy, but many women opt to skip them—especially during the first trimester when the foetus is particularly vulnerable. At LN Dental, we want our patients to be comfortable with the treatment the receive, so we respect the decisions they make about their oral health.
Local Anaesthesia During Pregnancy
Pregnant patients who need a dental procedure, including tooth extraction, should be sure to inform their dentists of their condition. It’s essential that dentists know so they can provide an appropriate amount of anaesthetic.
Some concerns have been raised about anaesthetics containing felypressin. This chemical can constrict the blood vessels, so you should discuss its use with your dentist.
Extractions During Pregnancy
Of course, most dentists treat extractions as a treatment of last resort, but if one should be necessary, many will recommend waiting until after the first trimester. The second trimester might be ideal because of dental x-rays, as well as the discomfort of having to lie down for a prolonged period of time during the latter stages of pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and have any questions regarding your oral health, we welcome your call to our LN Dental Chester Hill.
LN DENTAL CENTRE
Shop 3, 11 Chester Hill Rd
Chester Hill, NSW
(02) 9644 1499