How Long After Dental Implant Surgery Before I can Return to My Job?

The day of your dental implant surgery is a big one. The promise of a new, functioning tooth is an exciting one for most. However, recovery time is a different story. The success of the implant surgery heavily depends on your ability to care for yourself after the fact. Although it might be tempting to go back to work right after the operation to show off your new implant, this may not be the best idea.

After your implant surgery

Dental implant surgery is just that - a surgery. Although many experience no complications after their operation, it is still a procedure that should not be taken lightly. Most oral surgeons recommend taking at least one day off work to recover at this initial phase of healing. Dental implant surgery requires sufficient downtime and aftercare to make sure that the wound heals correctly.

Most oral surgeons use local anesthesia for implant surgery when the operation is expected to be simple (meaning one implant). Local anesthesia is mild and numbs just the area of surgery. If there are multiple implants or extractions, general anesthesia might be used. While local anesthesia does not affect motor functions or judgment, general anesthesia might have a more prominent effect. Once the patient wakes from general anesthesia, someone will need to drive them home from the procedure and care for them until the effects completely wear off.

However, if you find yourself feeling ready to return the work the very next day, by all means, go ahead. Individual healing times are different for each patient. Some people just heal faster and feel better right after surgery. Others might take time to adjust to their new healing period.

If your job is very physically demanding or requires deep concentration, you may need to take more time off. Those with office jobs in more sedentary work environments may be able to return to work a bit quicker. Patients who have had complex dental implant surgery (characterized by multiple extractions and multiple implants) will surely need to take more time off for recovery right after their appointment.

If you are prescribed pain medication, it is wise to observe how this medication affects you before returning to your daily activities. Driving is not allowed while taking pain medication, so if you must return to work within the first three days following surgery, have someone drive you there and back or take a form of public transportation.

Caring for your new implant

Another reason why you might want to delay the return to work is the fact that most patients experience some level of swelling and discomfort. Swelling is nothing to fear and is just a natural part of the healing process. Some patients might have a slightly higher body temperature directly after the surgery - this is also normal. However, if your body temperature reaches above 101.5, call a dentist office right away.

Antibiotics are a must after any dental implant surgery, no matter if it is one implant or several being placed. Antibiotic treatment reduces the risk of infection at this very vulnerable area in the mouth. Pain medication can cause some adverse effects, like nausea and stomach pain. If these symptoms do occur, it is wise to take a few days off work to adjust to the new medication.

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