Exercising After Dental Implants

June 11, 2012

dental-implantsExercise for the health conscious person is part of their regular routine and it is as important as drinking water or eating daily. So whenever a visit to the dentist is required, the work needed alone is not the only thing weighing on our minds. We want to know how to take care of our mouth and what we can eat or drink of course, but it is also important to find out how long the recovery period is before we can go back to our regular exercise routines.

Procedures with little down time

Some procedures are simple and have almost no recovery time needed; others however can impact a workout routine for days if not weeks.  Procedures like a simple cleaning or a routine checkup don’t have any severe impact on your gums or bone and therefore they do not interrupt regular exercising. If you require a filling or a crown the story changes, the sudden movement of the head or impact of running may cause fillings to become loose or the crown not to adhere properly. In such cases it is advisable to let the filling or crown dry and settle in completely, which can usually be within two or three days.

Procedures with longer down time

More invasive procedures such as removing wisdom teeth or preparing your gums for dental implant are another story. These are considered major procedures for the mouth and need proper care and healing time. Because the removal of a wisdom tooth leaves recently exposed gums and an open wound, a blood clot is formed to protect the bone. If this blood clot falls due to strenuous exercise not only will it cause tremendous amounts of pain but it also leaves the open area susceptible to infection. The same is true for dental implants, the procedure is extensive and it requires the removal of the old tooth, the implanting of the titanium screw in its place along with its proper healing time, and then the placement of the actual implant as well. In the initial phase the titanium screw requires not only time to heal from the procedure but also the time for the bone form around the screw, a process known as osteo-integration.  This may very well be the longest time in the recovery process; and unless this time is taken to allow for the screw to heal properly then not only will the implant run the risk of being unsuccessful but it can also mean additional work required and that of course means extending the healing time even further.  Once that portion is completed, the next step is placing the dental implant itself; a process that is quite similar to that of the placement of a crown. The healing time is also very similar as are the steps to care for the tooth after; so allowing a couple of days for this last part of the procedure to heal should be enough before resuming a workout routine.

Dental implants cost can range from affordable to expensive, depending on the depth of your procedure. Be sure to explore as many dental offices as possible to get an inventory of the expenses associated with such dental procedures. This will help you compare costs effectively. Also keep an eye on patient testimonials, as they will give you a good idea of the success or lack-thereof, of the place. For something as personal as your teeth, you want to make sure you are in care of some of the best in the industry.

Consult the expert

The most important time to slow down is during the implantation of the screw and its healing time; so if you exercise regularly, you should give a few days for the screw to heal before resuming a lighter and more sporadic workout routine until the bone is completely formed around the screw.  Make sure you ask your dentist what types of exercise are allowed and which to stay away from; this will not only give you a good idea of how to adjust your workout time but it will also let your dental health professional know of your routine and may take different or additional precautions when completing the procedure itself.



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