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Why Can’t I Exercise After Tooth Extraction?

You may need to undergo tooth extraction surgery for several reasons, including late-stage tooth decay, trauma, and aesthetics. After surgery, you might be tempted to resume your daily activities, but you can’t go back to exercising right away. 

Discover why you should refrain from exercising after tooth extraction surgery. 

The Dangers of Exercising After Surgery

Most oral surgeons advise patients to avoid physical exertion for the first 24 hours after surgery. Exercise can lead to an increase in blood pressure, which can cause the extraction site to bleed. Worst of all, the blood clot that grows in the extraction area after surgery may be dislodged, leading to dry socket. 

Stay tuned to find out when it’s appropriate to resume exercising.

When Can I Start Exercising Again?

It’s essential to relax and take it easy for the first few days after surgery. Avoid engaging in high-intensity exercises such as running, karate, swimming, and all other intense workouts. Generally, it would be best if you waited one week before heading back to the gym. 

If you’re taking painkillers or antibiotics, it’s best to wait until your dentist removes them from your prescription, as these come with side effects. Moreover, they can mask the pain from exercise-related injuries, so you may not know if you pull a muscle. 

Patients who went through a more complicated extraction that caused significant blood loss and tissue manipulation may need to wait at least a month before exercising. Conversely, those who went through a less severe procedure can ease back into their routine by doing light stretches and yoga after one week. Ultimately, you should ask your oral surgeon when it’s safe to start exercising again.

Signs You Should Stop Exercising

Once you’ve waited the proper amount of time, you can go back to exercising. However, you should stop if you experience the following:

  • The extraction site begins to bleed
  • Swelling has increased
  • You develop a fever
  • Your sutures have come apart
  • Difficulty talking or chewing
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy

You will need to visit your oral surgeon as soon as possible.

Exercising Too Soon Can Lead to Dry Socket

Dry socket is a painful oral condition that may occur after tooth extraction. It happens when the blood clot at the site of the extraction fails to develop, or it dissolves before your wound heals. If you begin to exercise sooner than your doctor advises, you run the risk of developing it.

Blood clots serve as a protective layer over the underlying nerve endings in the empty tooth socket. Additionally, they provide the foundation for the growth of new bone and the development of soft tissue over the clot.

Exposed nerves result in intense pain in the socket and constant radiation on the side of your face. Dry socket can lead to inflammation, and over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to treat the pain. You will have to consult with your oral surgeon for treatment.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

If you experience pain or develop dry socket after your procedure, you need to see an oral surgeon as soon as possible to prevent further complications. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah can help you find relief. Schedule your free consultation today. 

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