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#1 of 2 Old 04-01-2014, 10:31 AM - Thread Starter
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What do I need to know? If work needs to be done, what should absolutely be avoided? We have access to porcelain fillings here (better?)? We're on the US/Mexico border, and so have access to cheap-ish dental care. I have a recommendation for someone, but I also work in health care here and we see some *crazy* stuff! I feel that I would absolutely be respected if I said yes or no to something in specific, but don't have the information I need to feel confident about decisions. It's mostly fillings. I could use a cleaning (it's been a year), but am comfortable waiting on the cleaning. Are there certain things you would only do in certain trimesters? 

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I needed a filling and my dentist waited until my second trimester and wanted a note from my doctor saying it was ok. She tried to use a dental dam to keep the stuff she drilled out of my tooth from being inhaled. If the filling isn't so urgent, it could probably wait, but if you are having pain or there is decay down deep, you might not want to wait. I need an implant and I decided to wait on that until after my baby was born because it involved being sedated.
I still had all my cleanings. I would not skip the cleanings if I were you because pregnancy can cause the gums to be inflamed and that can lead to gum disease. It's extra important to take care of your gums and teeth during pregnancy for this reason.

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