After Dental Implant Surgery, How Long Before You Can Work?

Dental implant surgery is a great way to restore your smile, and the procedure can often be completed in a single day. As a practical matter, though, you need to know how long recovery will take. When will you be able to go back to work (or school)?

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As long as you follow our oral surgery team’s post-operative instructions, you should be back to your normal work routine in almost no time at all.

Many Dental Implant Patients Go Back to Work the Next Day

Everyone is different, but most of our dental implant patients can go back to work the day after their oral surgery.

However, the type of work you do matters.

If you have a desk job, Dr. Maxfield or Dr. Partridge may give you the OK to work the day after implant surgery. On the other hand, if your job is highly physical, you may have to wait a little longer. Strenuous activity after getting dental implants can increase bleeding and discomfort, and potentially cause inflammation of the surrounding gums.

Some Patients Need Extra Recovery Time after Dental Implant Surgery

How many dental implants are you having placed? Patients who are getting just one or two typically have the fastest recovery. So if your surgery involves multiple implants, you may want to allow yourself extra time away from work to allow swelling, bruising and other post-surgical effects to fully subside.

Implant surgery is a safe, routine procedure, particularly in the hands of a skilled and experienced oral surgeon. But as with any other type of oral and maxillofacial surgery or dental treatment, complications are always a possibility. If you get an infection or have another issue with healing, your recovery timetable could be extended.

Tips for Proper Healing from Dental Implants

With the right care, you can improve your chances of a smooth and complication-free recovery period after dental implant surgery.

Diligence in keeping your mouth clean can help prevent problems. Brushing and flossing around the dental implants is important, but be gentle for the first few days to avoid aggravating the sensitive gum tissues. We may also recommend using a special mouth rinse.

Smoking can slow your healing time and increase your risk of infection. So if you’re a smoker, try to avoid lighting up for as long as possible after implant surgery. Or better yet, quit smoking before getting dental implants.

We will send you home with more specific aftercare instructions. Follow them as carefully as possible to minimize your recovery time, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or problems.

The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, can address all of your concerns about recovering from oral surgery. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office to discuss dental implant surgery today.