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How Long Should You Stay Away from Work Following Oral Surgery?

Posted on 4/20/2019 by Doctor Haigney
How Long Should You Stay Away from Work Following Oral Surgery?Most people try to avoid missing work. They want to save their days off for when they really need them. If they have some type of oral surgery, that might be a time when it is worth missing work. The question many ask is how long after oral surgery will they feel good enough to return to work. There are plenty of factors that go into this decision.

Everyone is Different
The biggest problem with trying to put a number on how long to stay away from work after oral surgery is that every person and every case is different. People have different levels of pain and discomfort that they can stand. Different jobs also have different requirements.

There are some jobs that are not stressful and that do not require much effort that may not cause many problems after oral surgery. There are other jobs where it is important for the person to keep their mind clear and dealing with oral surgery recovery may cause problems.

The second thing to consider is there are many different types of oral surgery. Some of them are not very invasive and do not take long to get over. Other procedures will leave a person dealing with pain and swelling for a longer period of time, which could be a problem at work.

Some General Rules
While each case is different, there are some general rules that can help determine when it is safe to return to work.

•  Pain Medications - The more pain medications and the need for stronger pain medications play a big role in returning to work. It is possible to deal with minor discomfort, but if a person is on strong pain medication, they may want to wait until the pain subsides before returning to work. This could mean a day off or several days off from work.
•  Follow Up care - Many oral surgeries do not require a lot of special follow up care, but there are some that can create problems for a person at work. If the aftercare interferes with their ability to work, taking time off is a good idea until you can perform your job.
•  Reinjuring - If the job puts a person at risk for reinjuring the surgical site, it is best to give the wound some time to heal before returning to work.

In the end, the decision about how long to stay from work is something to discuss with our dental professionals. In addition, it is best to talk to someone at the workplace to see what options are available.

If you have questions about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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