While wisdom tooth removal is a common procedure, it is still considered a surgery that comes with certain postoperative care directions. If you’re a runner, you may be wondering how wisdom teeth removal will impact your running schedule.
After your procedure, you should avoid your regular running routine for about a week. If you do wish to run, try to plan a light run that includes a longer warm up and a jog rather than a full-blown run. When you run, be sure you are not clenching your jaw and keep your posture upright.
Once a few weeks since your wisdom teeth removal have passed, you should be able to get back to your regular running routine. When you do so, remember to warm up, drink plenty of water, and stretch once you’ve completed your run. It’s also wise to focus on your core so that you can strengthen your abs and back and reduce stress on your neck, lower back, and jaw.
Since every patient’s wisdom teeth removal experience is different, you should wait until your dentist or oral surgeon has cleared you for exercise before resuming your running routine. If your wisdom teeth were non-impacted, you will likely be allowed to get back to running quickly. In the event they were impacted, your dentist or oral surgeon may advise you to wait a bit longer.
If you have further questions about running and wisdom tooth removal, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Brett Wells of Wells Family Dental Group.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.