Can I Play Sports or Lift Weights the Day After a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is one of the most common surgical procedures in our office. Many of our patients who undergo a tooth extraction lead active lives and ask us whether they can play sports or lift weights the day after the procedure.
We encourage patients to slowly resume regular cardio exercise 3 to 5 days after the surgery. However, patients should not go overboard and push themselves beyond their comfort level. If they notice any throbbing or increased pain, they should tone it down or stop exercising for the day.
If patients play a contact sport where they may get hit in the face, they should avoid playing it for the first week after their surgery. Some examples of the most common contact sports include football, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.
Weight lifting can be resumed 5 days after surgery. Patients who do choose to weight lift at this time should be aware that they may experience clenching and grinding with heavy exertion during lifting. This is because their face and mouth muscles will still be sore. If patients experience any pain while weightlifting, they should stop and rest for a few more days.
We get many high school football players from schools such as Wake Forest, Heritage, Leesville Road, Sanderson, Cardinal Gibbons and Broughton. These players do not want to miss a single snap of action as they want to be on the field as quickly as possible. Rather than risking further injuring your teeth, it is wise to take a day or two off. Remember, if you get hit and it rattles your helmet, it is going to cause severe pain in your mouth.
In most instances, patients are able to return to full physical activity one week after surgery. If you undergo a tooth extraction at our office, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to recover safely and efficiently. While it may be tempting to get back to sports or lift weights sooner than we recommend, doing so can lead to serious complications and k