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When can I return to work after dental implant surgery?


photodune-6786115-a-hardworking-professional-xs-199x300One advantage of dental implants is that the devices help people maintain an active lifestyle with their personal and professional activities. Understandably, then, many dental implant patients ask how soon they can return to their normal routines, including work, after the implant placement procedure. Unfortunately, there’s no one answer to that question.

Dental implant placement is an outpatient procedure, and many patients can return to work within two or three days. If the oral surgeon places only one or two dental implants, the patient may be even be able to go back to work the next day. On the other hand, some patients may take a little longer to recuperate, especially if they get a number of implants.

There may be factors specific to your case, such as chronic medical problems, that can extend your recovery timeline. Your oral surgeon will discuss these issues with you during the treatment planning process and advise you on what steps you can take to minimize your risk of problems.

Of course, complications can arise following any type of oral surgery, including dental implant placement, and these issues can keep you out of commission for a longer period of time.

Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce your chances of post-operative problems. For example, smoking can interfere with the healing process, so if you avoid this habit after your surgery, you will probably fare better during your recovery.

Your surgeon will give you general instructions about how to keep your mouth clean after dental implant placement, so follow those instructions closely to cut your risk of an infection that could delay your return to work.

If you have questions about the likely recovery time following your dental implant placement procedure, discuss this with your surgeon in advance of your procedure and ask what you can do to keep the recovery period as brief as possible. For more information, contact Austin Oral Surgery at 512-402-6677 today and schedule your informative consultation.