Dental implant FAQs
Playing Sports after a Dental Implant Treatment
If you’re getting a dental implant one of your first questions might be about when you can resume physical activity or playing sports. The healing process is different for everybody but there is a general rule of thumb that can help for each step of the treatment.
The first part of a dental implant is the placing of the titanium screw, this is a major oral surgery and requires a long period of healing to fully set in with the jawbone. The area around the screw needs to heal and the bone needs to form around the screw in a process known as osteo-integration. This process can take several months to fully fuse and heal and regular check-ups with your implant dentist are necessary to help determine how the screw is setting in.
During this time, it is not recommended to undertake any strenuous activity, particularly not taking part in any contact sport. As the healing process is specific to each patient it is best to discuss any physical activity questions with your implant specialist.
Once the titanium screw has healed in the jaw the next step of the implant treatment is the placing of the ceramic false tooth/teeth. After fitting, the area will be prone to bleeding for a day or two and physical activity of any kind is recommended against. If you are too active at that early a stage in the healing process, then the blood pressure will likely be too much for the area around the treatment and swelling can occur that can lead to bleeding.
After this however you should be fine to resume typical exercise, although any risk of contact should be eased in to, to ensure the implant feels stable and doesn’t cause any discomfort.
Long Term Exercise
Once fully healed a dental implant is designed to be as close to a natural tooth as possible, so playing sport should be no problem. As always we would recommend that a properly moulded mouth guard is worn whilst participating in any activity with potential physical contact to protect your teeth.
As always you will need regular check-ups for your dental implant specialist to advise you on how the area is healing. If you are worried about the impact a dental implant may have on your exercise and sport participation, then get in contact with us. Our dental implant specialists will happily talk you through the process and the affect it may have on your physical activity.