Yesterday morning I had 3 extractions and a filling. I have read the aftercare instructions I was given (I was sedated for the whole procedure) and am following them.Today I am desperate to go swimming but someone said to me that it is inadvisable because of the dental work. There is nothing in my information that says avoid exercise but I'd like to know if there is a medical reason why I shouldn't go please?ThanksSue
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 48
Welcome to Justanswer.I will do my best to answer your question.I am not a great typist,be patient and feel free to ask if anything is unclear.After having extractions it is advisable not to do any heavy exercising for the first 48 hours.Extractions are really a surgical procedure which involves open blood vessels and bleeding.The reasoning behind the caution is that if your blood pressure increases,it is more likely that the sockets will bleed due to the increased pressure in the capillaries.If you take it easy,it is probably ok to swim.If you notice that you are having bleeding in the sockets,the best thing to do is to apply pressure with a gauze pad and bite down on it for 20 minutes.If a gauze pad is not available wetting a teabag and biting down on that will close the capillaries too.I would stick to a slow back float and avoid the competition butterfly stroke for the next day or so, then you should be fine.If you have any further questions please ask.
Dentist and Anesthesiologist for 33 years