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Getting Back into Your Exercise Routine after Oral Surgery
Posted on 3/15/2016 by Renee Bancroft
After your oral surgery, you may be itching to get back into your normal routine right away, including exercise. Unfortunately, after you have oral surgery, including wisdom tooth extraction, it is important that you give your body a break in order to heal properly. If you were sedated during your procedure, you'll probably feel tired for the day following the procedure anyways, but dentists suggest that you wait at least 24 hours after your procedure before you get moving again to allow for full recovery.
Starting to Exercise Again
Once you do start exercising again after your oral surgery, it is important to start off with something that is low-impact. This is typically because your mouth will become painful with high-impact exercise, and this can affect your body's ability to heal. Even if your surgical site isn't bleeding anymore, you should still try and choose a low-impact exercise like light strength training or yoga, as you won't have to worry about how jarring forces are affecting your mouth.
Take Steps to Minimize Your Risk Most oral surgery recoveries don't have problems associated with them, but there are a few things that you should look out for. Dry socket is one of the primary concerns, and it results when blood clots at the surgical site dislodge in order to expose the bone and nerves. This can be painful, and exercise too soon after your procedure could increase your risk, especially if you bite down too hard or your jaw is impacted during a sudden movement.
Increased bleeding and swelling may also occur with exercise, especially if the clot is disrupted if you are clenching or grinding your teeth during a vigorous workout. These symptoms along with an increase in pain means that you need to take it easy and allow your body to rest. If you notice any of these signs or any other indication of a problem, be sure to contact our dental office.
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