Here at Mile High Smiles, many patients undergo a tooth extraction and wonder how it will affect their everyday life. Patients who love to be active and exercise or run often ask Dr. Levitin how long they have to wait after their tooth extraction to get back to running or working out. The truth is that there is no set answer.

While some patients heal quickly, others will take a longer time. If you trust Mile High Smiles with your tooth extraction, Dr. Levitin will inform you of when you can return to intense physical activity. He will also suggest the following tips:

Avoid High Intensity Exercises for the First Few Days

It’s important to relax and take it easy for the first few days after your tooth extraction. Refrain from engaging in high intensity exercises such as running and jumping. This includes any type of Crossfit or MMA training. While you may want to get yourself in the best shape of your life, it can wait a few days. Also note that running in the winter is harder on your entire body so you may want to take a few extra days off if you have had a tooth extraction in the winter months.

Wait at Least 72 Hours

If you have undergone a tooth extraction, you should wait at least 72 hours before exercising. Dr. Levitin will provide you with a more specific time frame.

Be Cautious of Dry Socket

Exercising too early and not allowing your gums enough time to heal can lead to dry socket, making it important for you to listen to your dentist.

Consider Your Jaw

Two or three days after your surgery, move your jaw around. If you experience any pain or discomfort, you are not ready to return to exercise or running just yet.

Contact Mile High Smiles

For more information on tooth extractions and physical activity, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. Call us at 720-239-1916 today. We can run your local health insurance plan to see if any part of your dental procedure will be covered. We also have finance plans to assist with the more extensive procedures. You may also consider getting a dental crown rather than having an entire tooth extracted.