Can I have hemisection dental surgery if I am pregnant?

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Hemisection dental surgery--or any dental surgery--is not generally recommended for pregnant women. Dentists do not want pregnant women to undergo unnecessary anesthesia or to take pain medication if it can be avoided. If hemisection dental surgery is required, dentists recommend that pregnant women wait until the second trimester, skipping the first trimester and also avoiding the dentist for the latter half of the third trimester. In addition to being concerned about fetal development, doctors worry about a woman lying back in the dental chair for long periods of time. If you experience a dental emergency requiring hemisection surgery during pregnancy, contact your dentist and obstetrician. Your providers can weigh the benefits and risks of treatment.

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