When Can I Start Exercising After Oral Surgery?

When Can I Start Exercising After Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery can sound intimidating, but the truth is that most procedures are fairly straightforward. Some of the most common types of oral surgery are tooth extractions, which are usually done in less than an hour.

However, no matter if your surgery is minor or major, your body will still need some time to properly heal. 

After surgery, there are some adjustments you can make to support the body’s healing process, such as skipping your workout routines. 

But for how long? Keep reading to find out!

Why You Shouldn’t Exercise After Oral Surgery

Most oral surgeons will recommend taking some time off to recover after the procedure. As a general rule, you should avoid any type of strenuous activity, be it working out in the gym or activities you need to perform on the job, such as lifting heavy boxes. 

The reason is simple: physical activity increases your blood pressure. When this happens, it can interfere with the healing process and increase your risk of bleeding.

But the good news is that you don’t have to stay out of the gym for too long.

Exercising After Oral Surgery 

The first 24 hours after your surgery are crucial to proper healing, so you should take the day off and go home to rest after you leave the dentist’s office. 

Then, it’s recommended to skip the gym for around one week after your procedure, but it also depends on how fast your body heals and the complexity of your surgery. 

Moreover, if you’re on prescription painkillers or antibiotics, you might want to avoid strenuous physical activity for as long as you’re on this medication. They can mask pain, which means you might not feel it if you're pulling a muscle and injuring yourself while exercising.

Signs You Should Stop Exercising

When you go back to your regular exercising activity, it’s very important to take it slow and monitor how your body reacts to it. Start with light stretches or yoga, and save the high-intensity cardio or weightlifting for later. 

You should stop exercising if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding from the surgery site
  • Increased swelling
  • Sutures are coming apart.
  • Feeling dizzy and lightheaded
  • Trouble talking or breathing
  • Developing a fever 

These are signs your body still needs more rest before you can resume your exercise routine. If you experience these symptoms, you should also reach out to your oral surgeon for more help.

Getting Oral Surgery at Moonlight Beach Dental

Oral surgery is nothing to be afraid of. Dr. Nicole Vane can help you access quality and compassionate treatment that can restore your oral health, from extractions to dental implants and more. 

To learn more, you can schedule a visit to Moonlight Beach Dental online and stop by to discuss your options with Dr. Vane.

Or, you can call us at (760) 632-0320 for a short chat.


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