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Balancing Work and Recovery: Tips After Dental Implant Surgery

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — westarvada @ 9:55 pm
Woman smiling at work after dental implant surgery

In today’s hustle and bustle of grind culture and high work ethics, the sentiment is that “time is money.” This often applies to patients who have just had dental implant surgery who just want to get back to work. However, while you may be eager to return to your nine-to-five, there are some considerations to be had for your oral health.

If you want to learn when you can go back to work after getting dental implants and how to recover faster, continue reading.

How Long Do I Need to Wait Before Going Back to Work?

Most patients who undergo dental implant surgery can return to work the next day. Some have even been known to go back the same day if they feel up to it. However, not every patient—or case—is the same.

If you had a particularly complex surgery, your dentist may recommend a few extra days of rest. Be sure to follow their recommendations regarding time off as it could be critical for the success of your implant.

What Can I do to Speed up My Recovery?

If you’re set on returning to work as soon as possible, here are some tips to get your oral health in top shape:

Manage Discomfort and Swelling

It’s normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and minor bleeding in the days following dental implant surgery. Your dentist may prescribe pain medications or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage any discomfort. Applying ice packs to the affected area can also help reduce swelling and promote healing.

Eat Soft Foods

If you want your implant to heal as fast as possible, there need to be minimal disruptions. Biting down on hard or chewy foods will delay your progress. Therefore, stick to softer meals like mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and yogurt.

Keep up with Your Oral Hygiene

Don’t stop your oral hygiene routine but be careful when brushing or flossing around the implant site. Also avoid aggressively swishing with mouthwash. It’s important to not disturb the implant, but it must also be cleaned of oral bacteria to prevent infection.

Ultimately, the decision to return to work after dental implant surgery should be based on how you feel. Pay attention to your body’s signals and don’t rush the recovery process. If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or other concerning symptoms, consult your dentist for evaluation and guidance.

About the Author

Dental implants are one of the most complex treatments in dentistry, but Dr. Jeramiah Paylor has the technology and skills to help you.  He earned his dental doctorate at the University of Colorado and has since then pursued advanced training in multiple subjects like dental implants. This includes continuing education through the prestigious Colorado Prosthodontic Society. Call (720) 776-4900 to schedule a dental implant consultation at West Arvada Family Dental or visit the website to browse a full menu of services.

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