When it comes to taking care of your teeth, dental implants are a popular choice for fixing missing teeth and making your smile look better. But, there are certain times when we need to think carefully about the potential problems that can happen. One of those times is when you’re pregnant. In this article, we’ll talk about whether it’s okay to get a dental implant while you’re pregnant and what things you should consider.
Choosing Between Elective and Necessary
In the world of doctors and dentists, we need to decide if a treatment is something you choose to do or something you really have to do. Dental implant surgery is often something you choose to do, not something you have to do right away. So, most of the time, it’s better to wait until after the baby is born.
Changes in Your Mouth During Pregnancy
Being pregnant can make your body go through lots of changes, and these changes can affect your mouth. Hormones during pregnancy can make your gums swollen and more likely to get sick. Some pregnant women can also get a condition called gestational diabetes, which can make it harder for your dental implant to work well.
As per Dr. Huzefa Saifee, dentist at Aava Dental of North Hollywood, “Pregnancy can change your body in ways that make it a not-so-good time for dental implant surgery. It’s usually better to wait until after the baby comes before getting this kind of dental work.”
Anesthesia and X-Rays
During dental implant surgery, the dentist uses something to make sure you don’t feel pain. This is called anesthesia. While some types of anesthesia are usually safe when you’re pregnant, others may not be a good idea because they can be risky.
Also, before doing a dental implant, the dentist needs to take special pictures of your teeth and bones. These pictures are called X-rays. While it’s possible to do X-rays safely during pregnancy, it’s often better to avoid them if we don’t really need them to keep the baby safe from radiation.
Infections and Antibiotics
When you’re pregnant, you’re more likely to get an infection after dental implant surgery. The way your immune system works can change during pregnancy. Sometimes, doctors use antibiotics to treat or prevent infections. However not all antibiotics are safe for pregnant women because they can harm the baby. This can make things tricky if you get an infection after the dental implant, and it might not work as well.
In summary, most dentists don’t recommend getting a dental implant while you’re pregnant. Because dental implant surgery is something you choose to do, the changes in your mouth during pregnancy concerns about anaesthesia and X-rays, and the risk of infection and antibiotics make it less safe. It’s best to talk with a trusted dentist like Dr. Huzefa Saifee at Aava Dental of North Hollywood. He can help you make the right choice for your health and your baby’s well-being, based on your unique situation.