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Exercise after Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant placement is a minor surgical procedure. Certain postoperative instructions must be followed to reduce the risk of complications and undesirable side effects.

At Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY, Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel recommend avoiding exercise after dental implant surgery. In most cases, patients can resume their workout routines in two to three days after their procedure. In this article, we will explore the reasons for this in a bit more detail.

What Happens If I Exercise Too Soon?

Strenuous activity elevates the heart rate. When the heart starts pumping faster, it moves the blood more quickly and actually increases postoperative bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Jumping back into your workout routine too soon can cause unnecessary pain and complications.

How to Know When to Resume Exercise

Every patient is unique. Some will be able to hit the gym after two to three days, while others may need to wait a week or even longer. This timeline can depend on several factors, including the number of implants placed, the complexity of your case, and your body’s own healing capacity.

When you do decide to jump back into your workouts, start slowly and see how you do. If you don’t notice any unexpected bleeding or swelling after a few days, you can gradually increase your routine as you are able. The best rule of thumb is to talk to your dentist about your exercise regimen and ask for recommendations.

Possible Complications following Dental Implant Surgery

As with any surgery, there is always a risk for post-op complications. You should call your Long Island, NY, dentist if you notice:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Swelling that continues to worsen after day three
  • Infection or pus at the implant site
  • Severe pain that does not diminish with pain medication

Normal Side Effects

Keep in mind that most patients will experience side effects such as bleeding, inflammation, and some level of discomfort. These symptoms are expected and temporary, and should diminish within the first few days after treatment. However, exercising too soon can prolong these uncomfortable side effects and extend your recovery time.

Other Things to Avoid after Dental Implant Placement

There are other habits and activities to steer clear of in addition to exercise after dental implant surgery. We will provide you with personalized instructions at your appointment. But here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Avoid drinking through straws, as this can disturb the surgical site and prolong healing.
  • Do not eat hard, crunchy, or spicy foods for at least a week.
  • Stop smoking. Tobacco can hinder the natural healing process and have a negative impact on your recovery.
  • Avoid swishing vigorously. When using saltwater or antibacterial rinses, allow the liquid to soak the area, then gently spit it out.

Contact Our Practice for More Information

If you are planning on having dental implant surgery, be sure to follow the recommendations provided by your NYC dental team. Avoiding exercise for a few days can make a tremendous positive impact on your recovery. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment at our practice, contact us online anytime or call us at (718) 215-0510.

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