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Pregnancy and Dental Needs FAQ Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Dental Implants while pregnant: I am 25 weeks pregnant, and I also have braces that will need to be removed soon.

I was born missing a few adult teeth, though, so the day I get my braces removed, I will also need to get two teeth implanted.

I was wondering if that procedure will be safe while I am still pregnant, and what kind of anesthetic they would use, or if they would use laughing gas, or completely put me to sleep? ...Visitor from TX

I would suggest that you wait until the end of the pregnancy to have any elective surgical procedures performed. It is generally considered to be safe to have procedures in the third trimester, but I personally would not risk any harm to your baby for something that can be accomplished later.

It is generally easiest to have IV sedation, although many people have implants placed with regular dental anesthesia.

You could have the braces removed before the end of the pregnancy. Just ask the orthodontist to have a retainer made with white material where the missing teeth are.

Also, there is usually a 4 month waiting period from when the implants are placed to when crowns are put on, so the retainer replacing the missing teeth can be used then. Hope this helps you.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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