Dental implants are the preferred method for replacing missing teeth. Any patient who is in good health can undergo the procedure. To maintain a healthy smile and prevent bone loss and other oral health problems, missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible.
Pregnancy And Dental Implants
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association encourage pregnant women to seek out regular preventive oral health care, including cleanings and exams. Elective procedures like dental implants can be performed after the first trimester, however, most oral surgeons prefer to wait until the patient is no longer pregnant to perform the procedure.
Why Dental Implant Surgery Should Wait
After the first trimester, pregnant patients are typically given the green light for routine dental treatments, such as fillings, crowns and root canals.
Studies show that local anesthesia is completely safe during pregnancy. Dental implants, however, often require stronger anesthesia, which can be risky for the expectant mother or her unborn baby. Many procedures require x-rays also, another risk the ADA discourages during the first trimester.
Once you have reached your second trimester, you can get started with the dental implant process by scheduling a consultation. At this point in your pregnancy, x-rays will be safe and we can evaluate your jawbone health and determine whether a bone graft will be necessary before placing the implants.
Preparing For Dental Implants
While awaiting dental implant surgery, you should still maintain good oral health for the benefit of you and your baby. This includes brushing and flossing. Going for a dental checkup and having a professional cleaning is also advised, as it will allow your regular dentist to monitor your oral health and prevent problems from developing.
If you are pregnant and need to replace one or more missing or broken teeth with dental implants, call to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to explain the process, answer any questions, and schedule your dental implant surgery after the birth of your child. Call Prestige Oral Surgery at 732-297-7000.