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April 18, 2019

Should I have gotten porcelain veneers while I’m pregnant?

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Hello Dr. Hall! I had complete porcelain veneers treatment during my 1st trimester not knowing that I’m pregnant. Is this going to affect my baby?
– Melissa

We were taught during dental school that when a woman is pregnant we should try to schedule routine dental work during the middle trimester. One of the problems with that is that at the very beginning of the pregnancy, when supposedly the baby is the most sensitive to foreign substances, you often don’t even know that you’re pregnant.

Having said that, I don’t think you have anything to worry about. While during the last trimester, we’re trying to avoid stress on the mother, during the first trimester we are mostly just trying to avoid chemicals being introduced into your body that could be harmful to the baby. The only chemical introduced into your body during porcelain veneers treatment would be the local anesthetic, which is one of the safest medications there is. It has been used in millions of cases of pregnancy, including often during delivery itself, with no reported history of any harm to the baby. Lidocaine, which is the most commonly used local anesthetic for dental work, is one of the few medications proven to be safe during pregnancy.
– Dr. Hall

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About David A. Hall

Dr. David Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does complete Internet marketing for dentists.

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