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We've received a number of questions from patients with regard to oral surgery during pregnancy. That's a great question to ask given all of the health issues that are involved. Let's go over this matter in a bit of detail right now.
No, not in general.
When a woman is pregnant, it's of the utmost importance that all precautions are taken in order to protect the health and well-being of her developing child. Oral surgery involves the use of sedative drugs and anesthetic, both of which reduce pain and anxiety but also can have a negative impact on the health and wellness of an unborn child. Because of this, much deliberation has to be made when it comes to performing any sort of invasive dental procedure on a pregnant woman.
Oral surgery is more likely to be performed on a pregnant woman if she is in her first or second trimester of pregnancy. Once a woman hits her third trimester, it is extremely risky to perform surgery.
Even taking this into consideration, it's important for oral surgeons to consider the nature of the surgical procedure, the necessity of the surgical procedure, and if the procedure can be postponed until after childbirth without having an adverse affect on the wellness of the mother and her child.
Ideally, if a woman is actively trying to become pregnant, any major dental work would be completed before the oral surgery is performed. It's ideal to visit your general practitioner and dentist if this is the case so you can have any wellness issues addressed sooner rather than later.
In the vast majority of minor dental surgeries, the dental work will be postponed until after the patient has given birth. The only time that an oral surgery would be performed later in a pregnancy is a potential health threat to the mother. Even should this occur, dentists and oral surgeons will take careful precautions when performing a procedure to reduce any potential harm to the mother and her child.
During pregnancy, women should continue to visit their dentist for regular checkups. They should feel free to discuss any issues that may be on their mind with regard to dental wellness, such as proper hygiene, issues with dental wellness, and questions about dental care for her infant once he or she is born. Your dentist will be more than happy to discuss these matters in greater detail during your visit.
For more information about oral surgery and how it can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, it's important that you contact our oral surgery and advanced dental care center today. Dr. Andrew R. Glenn and his team will discuss all of these matters with you in greater detail.
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