One of the essential aspects of good health is to maintain good dental hygiene. However, certain changes occur during pregnancy. This is attributed to hormonal changes where pregnant women develop swelling and red gums as well as other dental conditions, which later on could result in tooth decay. While regular dental checkups and maintenance greatly help prevent the conditions from worsening, there are instances where the conditions need further diagnostic procedures.

Dental experts generally advise pregnant women to avoid medication to minimize any harmful risk to the baby. But assuming the pregnant patient needs tooth extraction, would it be safe for her to have dental work despite her pregnancy?

While tooth extraction is a safe procedure for everybody, it is generally discouraged if the patient is pregnant. If the dental condition can still be treated in other ways, the option for tooth extraction is set aside. Tooth extraction is done only in emergency situations. But if the need arises, there are several factors to consider before proceeding with the tooth extraction on a pregnant patient.

The duration and phase of the pregnancy is an important aspect to consider. The patient should inform her attending dentist or any physician regarding her pregnancy before undergoing any dental or medical procedure.

Moreover, safety of the baby is the primary concern. The use of X-rays and anesthesia should be exercised carefully. A lead apron should be used to shield the baby during X-rays, while anesthesia should be carefully given to minimize the harmful risks.

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San Pedro, CA 90732
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