How can we help you?
Dr. Paul Perez, Dr. Elizabeth Crapanzano, and the team at Avenue Family Dentistry know that you will have questions regarding dental care for you and your family. It’s something they expect and welcome from their patients. They believe that patient education is an important part of maintaining good oral health and making good treatment decisions, so they are happy to answer any questions you might have. They are never too busy to address any concerns you might have about your teeth and mouth. We want you to be well informed!
We’ve answered some of the more common questions we often hear below. But please don’t hesitate to come to us if you have other questions that haven’t been addressed here—regardless of how small they might seem. We firmly believe there is no such thing as a silly question, and we want you to feel secure about having chosen us as your dental care provider. Before you undergo any treatment, we want to be sure you feel completely comfortable and confident about the route you have chosen. We are here to provide you with all the information you need to make the best decisions for you and for your oral health.
This is a tricky question, since what dental treatment is safe depends on your existing oral health and the effects it can have on your baby. Regular cleanings are safe for pregnant women during most of the pregnancy, and especially the second trimester. Of course, experts strongly suggest skipping the X-rays this go ‘round to avoid any radiation making its way to your little one.
However, if there are more serious dental issues going on – for example, if you need a root canal or filling – the infection can actually pose a risk to you and baby both. Treatment may be indicated, in the form of antibiotics or otherwise. In this case, your dentist will make a collaborative effort with your OB-GYN to ensure that you get the safest and best care for you and your baby. This will also help you decide if the procedure should be done immediately, or if you can safely wait for your precious bundle of joy to arrive first.
We dentists need to know if you are expecting, breastfeeding, or post-partum. This is a very relevant part of your medical history, and it will help us better treat you.