I found out I was pregnant a few days after getting my porcelain veneers. When I went to see the doctor they’d asked a whole bunch of questions about what I’ve been drinking and what medical procedures I’d had done recently. When I told them about the porcelain veneers, they told me I should not have dental work done in the first trimester. Is there a chance something is wrong with the baby because of my porcelain veneers?
I want to give you peace of mind right away that getting your porcelain veneers did nothing to harm your baby. The reason they tell expectant mothers to wait until the second trimester for dental work is because they are trying to avoid any medication that may be used during the most vulnerable part of the pregnancy for your baby.
The good news is the only medication that is used in placing porcelain veneers is Lidocaine. This is a numbing medication that has been proven safe to use on pregnant women and is even routinely used in the delivery room.
While they told you to avoid dental work in the first trimester I want to make certain you understand if there is a dental emergency, such as a tooth infection, it is important you get seen. Dental infections have been linked to low birth weight. As long as your dentist knows you are pregnant, he or she can make certain they only use medications that have been proven safe for pregnant women.
You will want to schedule your cleaning in the second trimester. This is mostly for your comfort. You should be past any nausea by that time, though not all women are, and you are not so large that you’ll be uncomfortable in the dental chair the way you may be in the third trimester.
If you deal with morning sickness and end up vomiting, I’m sure you know to brush your teeth. However, don’t just immediately brush your teeth, make sure you rinse your mouth first. Vomit is acidic and you want all of that acid gone before brushing it into your enamel.
Congratulations on your upcoming baby.
This blog is brought to you by Hilton Head Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Bonnie Rothwell.