When Can You Return to Work After Dental Implant Surgery?

June 25, 2024

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 10:20 am
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Dental implants are wonderful, but they do require you to undergo minor surgery. Naturally, you may be curious about how the procedure will impact your normal routine. For example, you might want to know when you will be able to return to work after your dental implant surgery. The good news is that most people are able to go back to the office within a few days of their procedure! This blog post touches on some factors that can influence your timeline for returning to your job.

The Details of Your Surgery

Some dental implant procedures are more complex and invasive than others. For example, if you receive just one implant and there are no major complicating factors in your case, it is likely that you will feel well enough to go back to your job the day after your appointment. Your mouth may be somewhat swollen and uncomfortable, but you can expect to be able to function fairly normally.

On the other hand, if you are undergoing full mouth reconstruction, are receiving a bone graft along with your dental implants, or there are other factors that make your procedure more challenging, you may need to stay home for a bit longer.

Your Health

Generally, people who are in moderately good health bounce back quickly from dental implant surgery. However, if you are up in years or have chronic health conditions, it might take you a bit longer to get back to feeling well enough to function in your workplace. Be patient with yourself, and do not tackle any tasks that you do not feel ready for!

Your Job

If your job does not involve a lot of physical activity, there should be nothing stopping you from resuming it as soon as you feel up to it. But if your job requires a lot of lifting, walking, or other physically draining tasks, you should stay home for up to a week or longer. Intense exercise could interfere with your body’s ability to heal your dental implant sites.

Your Compliance with Post-Op Instructions

Your oral surgery team will give you detailed guidelines to support your body’s healing process. If you carefully comply with their directions, you should expect a smooth and efficient recovery. Failing to comply could slow down your healing and keep you out of work longer than expected.

Do Not Rush

Dental implant placement surgery is a fairly minor procedure, so it should not have a huge impact on your work routine. However, it is important that you listen to your body and your oral surgeon so you do not accidentally sabotage your recovery!

Meet the Practice

Drs. Steve Koo, Thomas Weil, and William Shepard are the board-certified oral surgeons in our practice. They have many decades of combined experience, and they are proud to offer top-quality dental implant services. If you have questions about what to expect during or after dental implant surgery, our team would be pleased to speak with you. Contact Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Houston at 713-783-5560.

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