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One of the most common questions asked is if oral surgery is safe during pregnancy. Naturally patients are concerned about the health of their baby and do not want to risk anything during pregnancy. This is a good question, and always something to discuss should you need oral surgery and you are pregnant.

Typically oral surgery is not recommended when a patient is pregnant, and we feel protecting your child’s health is extremely important. With pregnant patients we avoid general anesthetic as well as sedation, and will only use local anesthetic. A recent study in 2015 by the American Dental Association found that local anesthetics do not harm an unborn child’s health.

Does It Matter What Trimester I Am In?

Another factor we consider is how far along the patient is with their pregnancy. Usually first and second trimesters are safe for oral surgery that does not require the patient to be sedated. We avoid any procedures during the third trimester because any surgery when pregnant is risky during this period.

If you are in need or oral surgery our team works closely with you to determine what is really medically necessary, and we recommend postponing the procedure until after the baby is born.

Should Oral Surgery Be Done Before Pregnancy?

We always recommend if a patient is actively trying to get pregnant, they should visit our office to ensure you have no issues. This way we know if any issues need attention right away, and what can wait until after the baby is born. We encourage our patients to always take care of any oral surgery as soon as possible, so you do not have to worry during your pregnancy.

Should Oral Surgery Be Postponed Until After Child Birth?

If you are in need of oral surgery and are pregnant we always recommend waiting until after child birth. The only time oral surgery is recommended is when the mother’s health is in danger. During the third trimester we always avoid any surgeries and take every possible precaution. You and your child’s life and health is our priority. Most oral surgeries can be postponed, and there is typically no immediate need to perform surgery during pregnancy.

We recommend patients always come in for their regular exam and cleaning even during pregnancy so we can make sure all looks and feels great. During your exam we may use x-rays to take a closer look in your mouth and jaw. X-rays are safe for pregnant patients, and are at a low radiation level where there is no risk of harm to a developing baby. During any x-rays we ask our patients to wear a shield, and this provides an extra level of protection.

If you are actively trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant your health is our priority. We treat all of our patients with the utmost respect, and take caution and extra care during pregnancy. Our team works to keep each patient safe, and we are here support you every step of the way.

Do You Have Other Questions About Pregnancy and Oral Surgery?

If you think you need to be seen and are looking to make an appointment we recommend visiting our office. Our staff is available to take a look, and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that works for you during your pregnancy. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a consultation please contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!


At the end of an intervention at the dentist, we often have white teeth and very bright. It is for this reason that it is difficult to know the difference between the technique of teeth whitening and descaling. The peculiarity of teeth whitening is its exclusively aesthetic vocation. 

The difference between a tooth whitening and a descaling

As for descaling, it is an operation that consists of removing the tartar that has accumulated on the teeth.

What is teeth whitening?

Dental whitening is an action that occurs in the heart of the tooth, and this treatment can sustainably change its color. Teeth whitening is a long and technical procedure that requires several dental consultations, motivation, patience and a large budget. It is necessary to foresee between $ 300 and 600 to carry out teeth whitening. Intervention is only allowed if the patient has no devitalized teeth, composites that do not change color, high gingival sensitivity or bare necks. To whiten teeth, it can be done directly in the dentist’s office. The other technique is to fix a gutter on the teeth. This device contains a whitening product at a low concentration.

What is descaling?

Scaling is a procedure performed by a dentist whose purpose is to remove tartar that has accumulated in the dentition. Scaling is the only operation that can remove plaque that has mineralized and has become tartar. There are 2 categories of descaling: supra-gingival and sub-gingival surgery. Although supra-gingival scaling is performed at the visible part of the teeth, it has a visible result. This intervention makes it possible to whiten teeth. As for the subgingival scaling, the operation is done on the tartar, which is fixed on the part of the tooth in the gum which is not visible. This intervention is important because this type of tartar is the most harmful.

How is a descaling done?

Scaling is an operation that is usually done by ultrasound. To eliminate the most common stains or stains, the dentist can combine polishing with the ultrasound treatment. This painless operation generates a few side effects. The maximum amount reimbursed by social security for this type of intervention does not exceed $ 20,24. Note that the origin of calculus comes from the mineralization of plaque.

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