Dentistry during pregnancy – Maternity dentistry

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Many people wonder whether these dental procedures can be carried out during pregnancy: whether anaesthetics can be given, whether tooth extraction or root canal treatment can be performed.

During pregnancy, a pregnant woman’s body goes through a lot of changes, with some hormones being produced more and others being reduced.

It is very important to bear in mind that the medicines used can all affect the developing foetus, so the best treatment should be chosen with this in mind.

There are 3 stages in pregnancy:

  • 1st trimester (1-3 months),
  • 2nd trimester (4-6 months),
  • 3rd trimester (7-9 months).

The fetus is born at 1. During the third trimester, the baby is most sensitive to any external influence, so it is best to avoid dental intervention at this stage.

Of course, if there is an acute complaint (toothache), it is still compulsory to see a dentist during this period, who will treat the mother with the necessary care.

Anaesthetics may be recommended for such complaints, but at a properly controlled dose should not cause harm to the foetus. X-rays may be necessary to make an accurate diagnosis.

Studies have shown that the dose of radiation used is minimal, but it is still recommended that the expectant mother should avoid X-rays throughout pregnancy.

The safest time to have dental procedures is 2. trimester, which is the 24th trimester. lasts up to a week.

However, it is important to note that all this is preventable!

For those who are planning to start a family, it is therefore worth taking steps before pregnancy to ensure that the mother’s body is as “ready” as possible for the baby, including preparing the oral cavity (replacing cavities, removing tartar, etc.)

This is also very important, because a preliminary check-up will help the dentist to draw attention to possible lesions (e.g. pregnancy gingivitis) that occur more often during pregnancy, so that the mother can pay more attention to them later on, preventing possible problems and dispelling the misconception that teeth are destroyed during pregnancy.

If you have any questions or would like to have your teeth checked, please feel free to contact our dentists, who will be happy to help you!