When Is it Safe to Resume Exercise after Dental Implant Surgery? By Joe McIntyre, DDS on June 04, 2020

Older couple smiles at outdoor park.The loss of even a single tooth can negatively impact your health and self-confidence. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. The titanium posts are surgically placed in the jaw and can support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. 

Many of our Bridgewater, VA, and Staunton, VA, dental patients enjoy sports and exercise. In the days following dental implant surgery, we ask our patients to refrain from exercise or strenuous activities for health and safety reasons. Once you have reached a certain point in your recovery, one of our doctors will approve the resumption of exercise and other activities. Postponing exercise can lower your risk of complications and undesirable side effects.  

What Are the Dangers of Exercising Too Early after Surgery?

Rushing into exercise can result in side effects such as bleeding, swelling, and pain. Your sutures are especially vulnerable to injury during the first few days after surgery. One of the biggest risks associated with dental implant surgery is injury and trauma. 

Trauma to the mouth following surgery will likely result in significant oral pain or a serious complication. Trauma is considered one of the leading causes of dental implant failure, therefore, patients should take this risk seriously. 

Your recovery guidelines will advise avoiding strenuous activities for at least three to four days. During your follow-up appointment, one of our doctors will provide guidance as to when you can resume exercise. If you have questions about resuming physical activities, you can call our office at (540) 828-2312.

Guidelines for Resuming Exercise

Following a few days of rest, and with the guidance of your dentist, you can slowly resume physical activities. Patients are advised to ease back into physical activities.

Not All Sports Are Created Equal

Certain sports are more intense than others. Walking and yoga, for example, may be safer to resume while healing than tennis and running. Impact sports such as boxing and soccer may require additional healing time before they can be resumed.

Pay Attention to Your Body

Pay attention to your body as you slowly resume activities and exercise routines. If you experience facial pain or notice an increase in swelling or bleeding, your body is not ready to resume sports or physical activities. Any significant increase in side effects should be brought to the attention of our Bridgewater office. 

If You Are Not Ready, Take Additional Time Off

If you feel that your jaw cannot handle the stress of exercise, take an additional week or two to relax. While most patients are able to resume light activities after a few days, full recovery from dental implant surgery can take three to six months. 

Guard Your Mouth

If your sport involves physical contact, we advise wearing a mouthguard. A member of our dental team will be glad to recommend a quality mouthguard. By following your recovery guidelines and the tips in this article, you can help ensure that your implants heal quickly and with minimal side effects.

Contact Us to Learn More

Taking the proper precautions following dental implant surgery can help minimize risk and foster a successful recovery. To learn more, call our office at (540) 828-2312 or contact us online anytime.

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