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Oral Surgery and Exercise - How Long Should You Wait?

Posted on 12/30/2016 by Dr McMurray
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After having oral surgery, you need to take it easy. The best way to get your body to heal is by making sure that you have enough time for it to focus on recovering before you add new effects to your body. Oral surgery takes time to heal, and the more you raise your blood pressure, the longer it takes for those wounds to heal.

Waiting for Healing Is Important Before Exercising

Exercising isn't the only thing that you need to refrain from after oral surgery. Lifting anything that is heavy falls into the same category. Your specific dentist or oral surgeon may give you different aftercare instructions than this, so if they did, use those instructions as a guideline. However, if they did not mention anything about how long you should wait to raise your blood pressure through lifting or exercise, the general rule of thumb is at least three days.

You want to only do minor things for the first few days after you return to exercising as well. Going straight from oral surgery to trying to run a marathon or do a massive workout routine in just three days is not a good idea. You should wait until your dentist gives you the thumbs up before you go back to a full workout routine.

Every dentist has slightly different guidelines about how long to wait and how to properly heal up after oral surgery. Make sure you follow your aftercare instructions carefully. They will help give you the best results and give you the best chances of healing available. If you do something that hurts during your recovery, and the pain doesn't go away in a short time, contact our office and have them take a look. It is always better to err on the side of safety.

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