Zeus Gazette

Dental Implants and Pregnancy: The Facts

side-view illustration of dental implantsIs it possible to have dental implants when pregnant? The short answer is yes, but dentists don’t recommend it, and advise women to wait until they have given birth.

There are three main reasons why it’s best to wait to have dental implants in Birmingham when expecting: x-rays, anaesthesia and stress. Pregnant women in the city would be wise to consult a dental practice that focuses on fitting dental implants, such as the Sutton Implant Clinic, to see if treatment is really necessary, and what their options are.

Let’s take a deeper look into the reasons to avoid it:

  1. X-rays: it isn’t possible to successfully fit dental implants in Birmingham without taking x-rays of the teeth and gums. Some implant surgeons may also ask for a CT scan. This is to make sure that the implants are fitted in the optimum spot, avoiding nerves and blood vessels. And while the level of radiation from dental x-rays is considered safe for pregnant women, any exposure to radiology is a risk to the unborn child. Better to be safe than sorry.
  2. Anaesthesia: local anaesthetic won’t be a problem for most pregnant woman, and dental implants in Birmingham are largely carried out with a local dose. However, if the surgery is especially complex, or the patient is particularly nervous, it may be necessary to use a general anaesthetic. Any treatment that renders a pregnant woman unconscious is to be avoided if possible.
  3. Stress: dental surgery is no walk in the park at the best of times and can only add stress to the already stretched body and mind of a pregnant woman. If she is also nervous about dental treatment anyway, it’s a definite no-no.

So, what can a pregnant woman do to keep her teeth in tip-top shape and avoid the need for dental implants in Birmingham while pregnant? There is the added complication that pregnancy hormones make gum disease more likely. So, top of the list is regular and thorough oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing after each meal and using mouth wash once or twice a day. Seeing the dentist and hygienist at more regular intervals than the usual six months will also help.