Sports And Exercise Following Dental Implant Placement

How long after implant placement can you resume your usual physical activities?

Single dental implantWhere once, physical activities were largely found at organised sports clubs, seeing someone jogging along the road or cycling as exercise is a very common occurrence these days. Add to that, those that go to gyms or exercise at home on fitness machines and it seems that some of us at least, are seeking a healthier lifestyle than before.

Exercise is good for us, and very few people doubt that anymore. When we start, it makes sense to continue as much as we can, avoiding it only when we are ill or injured. A general dental treatment such as a large filling or extraction may mean that it is advisable to rest for a day or so before resuming exercise. When having dental implants placed at Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic though, patients sometimes ask us about when they can resume exercising. Let’s take a look below.

Immediate post surgery care

Elsewhere in our blog we have covered immediate aftercare of a dental implant when it comes to cleaning and eating. Once the implant has been placed though, is it OK to start exercising again the same, or next day?

We strongly advise against this and indeed it is unlikely that you will want to exercise for a few days anyway. The procedure does require some minor surgery, so you may feel soreness and even a little discomfort for a few days afterwards. Because of localised trauma caused by the procedure, we do recommend that you rest for a few days to allow yourself time to recover properly and also allow the wound to heal. Even gentle exercise may cause some jarring and therefore some discomfort in the area of the procedure. It may also slow down the initial healing process.

Resuming exercise

After a few days rest, you might be itching to get your running shoes back on, hoping to pick up from where you left off. This should be thought through carefully and will depend, to some extent, on the type of sport or exercise that you do.

The following is general guidance for participants and we do still recommend that you discuss this with your Canterbury implant dentist before resuming any sporting activity.

Running and jogging

Essentially this is a non-contact exercise and therefore any physical risk to your new implant is limited. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore the fact that you have an implant though. Hard running which causes jarring, transmitted from your feet to the head area, can affect your implant, causing some discomfort as well. We recommend that you re-start by walking before progressing to gentle jogging, preferably on a softer surface such as grass.

Swimming

By and large, this is a good way to resume exercising following your treatment. The water allows you to exercise gently whilst also causing little or no stress to your implant. If you use a public swimming pool though, please do be careful when it is busy. Just one accidental blow to the face caused by an errant arm or elbow could cause problems for your implants.

Football

We would generally recommend that you don’t play football for a while after the implant has been placed. There is always a real risk of being hit in the face by a ball, head or boot which could cause damage to the implant and lead to it failing. Ultimately the choice is the patient’s but, if you play football competitively and regularly, it may be worth considering using dentures to replace your missing teeth until the time comes to stop playing, when you may want to opt for an implant instead.  On the other hand, if you have the occasional ‘kickabout’ in the park with friends and you are reasonably sensible about not risking your implant, the chances of anything going wrong are quite small. Implants are very strong and bond very firmly with the jawbone; however a collision could actually damage the implant and the jawbone if you were unlucky.

Boxing and similar sports

We think that the answer here is obvious. The risks are high but if you still wish to participate, please make sure to wear a good quality mouthguard. Whilst this will offer some protection, you are still risking your implant and indeed your other teeth too.

It is impossible to cover every form of sport or exercise here but our Canterbury dental team is on hand to discuss implants and exercise with you and offer the best unbiased opinion that we can.

If you would like to find out more about teeth implants or to ask us about how it might affect your chosen sporting activity, please call Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic for an appointment on 01227 463529.