Return to Work After Oral Surgery

How Soon Should You Return to Work After Oral Surgery? 

You’ll need time off after oral surgery, but how much?

Each patient responds to treatment differently, and one surgical procedure might be simple for one patient yet complex for another, depending on whether complications arise. Your oral surgeon can give you guidelines on recovery periods and how to take care of yourself to facilitate faster healing.

Return to Work After Oral Surgery

Each Surgery Demands a Different Recovery Period

For every type of oral surgery, you will need to take the day off. You must also arrange for transportation, since you will be unable to drive after receiving anesthesia.

While wisdom tooth removal and dental implant procedures typically only require about three days of recovery time, jaw surgery is much more complex. If you are undergoing corrective jaw surgery, you will likely need one to two weeks off. TMJ correction and sleep apnea surgical treatments also warrant longer recovery periods, depending on the extent of the procedure.

Your Deadlines Can Wait

Even if you have a job where you sit in an office chair all day, it’s still not good for your body to return to work too soon. The mental stress can take a toll, even if physical exertion is not an issue.

Try to complete all your work in advance so you aren’t pressured to return to full function too early. Otherwise, you could slow down your body’s healing, which could result in complications. It’s important to follow your oral surgeon’s guidelines — it’s for your own well-being.

Work Is One Thing, Exercise Another

Going back to work is probably safer than going back to the gym, if high-intensity workouts are your thing. Your exercise will likely be limited, especially in the first few weeks after oral surgery.

Build up to your previous exercise routine slowly. Start with walking, yoga and other low-impact exercises. Jarring, extreme workouts could affect your teeth and jaw’s healing. Listen to your body and slow down when you feel unusually exhausted.

Your Diet Guidelines

Soft foods and plenty of liquids are a must after oral surgery. From chicken soup to yogurt, make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need without putting stress on your jaw and teeth. Remember to drink lots of water. Stock your refrigerator with plenty of prepared foods before your procedure so you don’t have to visit the store when you should be resting.

Watch for Complications

Your swelling, bleeding and pain will be at their worst 12-24 hours after surgery. If you don’t start to see improvements in your condition by then, call your oral surgeon. A fever is of serious concern, as is continuous bleeding with no clotting.

Before, during and after oral surgery, you want a team you can trust: Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We monitor your healing and ensure you receive the best care during your procedure, supporting a swift recovery.