I just found out I was pregnant and my nurse was telling me all the things that I am supposed to be avoiding. She included the dentist in the first trimester. I panicked when she said that because I had porcelain veneers placed just a few weeks before. I didn’t know I was pregnant at the time. I told the nurse and she said she wasn’t sure if it hurt the baby or not. I’ve been trying not to cry since my appointment. Do you know if I harmed my baby?
I’m sorry they made you panic about your baby. The first thing I want you to do is take a deep breath and allow me to congratulate you! Having a baby is an amazing thing. I can tell you are going to be a good mother because of your concern with this. The thinking behind not doing dental work during the first trimester has more to do with making certain no medication is introduced inadvertently that can harm your baby. Typically, we schedule dental work during the second trimester because the baby is out of the “danger zone” by then and it is the most comfortable period for the mother. By the time we get to the third trimester, you will be large enough that you will not want to be stuck in the dental chair for any period of time.
Here is the good news. The only medication used during the porcelain veneers process is Lidocaine. This is a numbing medication that is completely safe during pregnancy. In fact, it is used during delivery as well with no ill effects. You and the baby should have no problems from your procedure, so enjoy your beautiful new smile guilt free.
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