When can I return to work after implant surgery?
Dental implants, which are an increasingly popular tooth replacement treatment, give a number of benefits to patients. They are more visually appealing and function more like a natural tooth than any currently available alternatives.
When it comes to dental implants, there’s even more good news. You can get these great devices without any significant disruption to your lifestyle.
This tooth replacement method does require surgery, but it’s an outpatient procedure that takes place in the oral surgeon’s office. You’ll be ready to go home in just a few hours.
One significant concern that patients often express to the oral surgeon is returning to work in a timely fashion. We understand. After all, who wants to spend their precious time off laid up on the couch recovering from surgery?
Most patients can return to work the day after the surgery, unless some unexpected complications arise or the case is a particularly complex one.
Preparing for the surgery in advance can reduce the likelihood of a negative outcome. You may need to fast for 6-8 hours if opting for IV sedation. You should also notify your surgeon in advance if you have any signs of an illness, such as a cold. This may warrant postponing the surgery.
As part of the planning process for your implant surgery, your dentist will also give you a list of post-operative instructions. They may include the following, among others:
- Abstain from smoking
- Refrain from strenuous physical activity for a few days
- Don’t use drinking straws
- Don’t rinse your mouth until several hours after your surgery
- Take all medications as directed
Following these directives will help to ensure a smooth recovery process and minimize your chances of complications that could keep you out of your field of work. It’s also helpful to know the signs of a problem, like excessive bleeding, swelling or a fever, so that you will know when you need to follow up with the surgeon.
Dental implants are advantageous to patients, and the procedure does not need to interfere with your day-to-day routine. Contact our skilled team at 434-295-0911 for more information and to schedule your consultation.