Get Oral Surgery if I'm Pregnant

One of the most common questions asked is if oral surgery is safe during pregnancy. Naturally patients are concerned about the health of their baby and do not want to risk anything during pregnancy. This is a good question, and always something to discuss should you need oral surgery and you are pregnant.

Typically oral surgery is not recommended when a patient is pregnant, and we feel protecting your child’s health is extremely important. With pregnant patients we avoid general anesthetic as well as sedation, and will only use local anesthetic. A recent study in 2015 by the American Dental Association found that local anesthetics do not harm an unborn child’s health.

Does It Matter What Trimester I Am In?

Another factor we consider is how far along the patient is with their pregnancy. Usually first and second trimesters are safe for oral surgery that does not require the patient to be sedated. We avoid any procedures during the third trimester because any surgery when pregnant is risky during this period.

If you are in need or oral surgery our team works closely with you to determine what is really medically necessary, and we recommend postponing the procedure until after the baby is born.

Should Oral Surgery Be Done Before Pregnancy?

We always recommend if a patient is actively trying to get pregnant, they should visit our office to ensure you have no issues. This way we know if any issues need attention right away, and what can wait until after the baby is born. We encourage our patients to always take care of any oral surgery as soon as possible, so you do not have to worry during your pregnancy.

Should Oral Surgery Be Postponed Until After Child Birth?

If you are in need of oral surgery and are pregnant we always recommend waiting until after child birth. The only time oral surgery is recommended is when the mother’s health is in danger. During the third trimester we always avoid any surgeries and take every possible precaution. You and your child’s life and health is our priority. Most oral surgeries can be postponed, and there is typically no immediate need to perform surgery during pregnancy.

We recommend patients always come in for their regular exam and cleaning even during pregnancy so we can make sure all looks and feels great. During your exam we may use x-rays to take a closer look in your mouth and jaw. X-rays are safe for pregnant patients, and are at a low radiation level where there is no risk of harm to a developing baby. During any x-rays we ask our patients to wear a shield, and this provides an extra level of protection.

If you are actively trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant your health is our priority. We treat all of our patients with the utmost respect, and take caution and extra care during pregnancy. Our team works to keep each patient safe, and we are here support you every step of the way.

Do You Have Other Questions About Pregnancy and Oral Surgery?

If you think you need to be seen and are looking to make an appointment we recommend visiting our office. Our staff is available to take a look, and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that works for you during your pregnancy. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a consultation please contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Endodontic Treatment

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in problems with the pulp or root of your teeth. They are specialists, and in many cases your general dentist will refer you to an endodontist to treat pain or issues with the inside of your tooth. Endodontists can save your teeth if they have been damaged or cracked, and specialize in treating tooth pain.

Knowing when to see an endodontist is important. If you have any pain, or may have had an injury to a tooth, an endodontist can help you. Root canal therapy is a common treatment, and endodontists have special training in root canal therapy using advanced technology. Endodontists must receive two additional years of training beyond dental school.

Common Endodontic Procedures

  • Root canal therapy
  • Endodontic retreatment
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Treatment for dental injuries
  • Dental implants

If you have been recommended for an endodontic procedure you may be wondering how painful the procedure will be. Endodontists specialize in pain management, and local anesthesia is used to help keep patients relaxed and comfortable during their treatment. After an endodontic procedure patients may experience mild to moderate pain or soreness in the area. This should subside as your body heals.

If you experience pain that does not go away, or extreme sensitivity to hot or cold after your endodontic procedure, we encourage you to call our office right away. Our team is always available to help patients, and we do our best to have you seen as soon as possible. Keeping our patients healthy and pain free is important and your oral health is our priority.

Ready To Schedule Your Consultation?

If you are looking to schedule your endodontic consultation our team can help. During your consultation we will examine the area in question, and determine a treatment plan that works for you. If you have an injury to a tooth or urgent issue we encourage you to visit our office as soon as possible.

Leaving an injured or cracked tooth can lead to infection, and cause other more serious problems if it is not addressed immediately. We love helping our patients and always provide the highest level of care.

To schedule your appointment contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.