Can I Cycle After Tooth Extraction? (No – Here’s Why)

Imagine a sunny day, a gentle breeze on your face, and the urge to hop on your bicycle and pedal away, leaving your worries behind. But hold on! 

If you’ve recently undergone a tooth extraction, that seemingly harmless bike ride may not be the best idea just yet.

You should NEVER cycle after tooth extraction. Biking after a tooth extraction could lead to health complications and hinder the healing process.

You need to rest at least for a couple of days. 

Oral surgeons often recommend 72 hours of rest depending on how the extraction goes.

In this article, I’ll talk about why you shouldn’t cycle after a tooth extraction and when it’s ok to go cycling again.

Why You Shouldn’t Cycle After Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction is a very stressful event for the body.

Cycling after a tooth extraction can potentially interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

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Here are some reasons why it is generally advised to avoid cycling (or any other forms of exercise) immediately after a tooth extraction:

Increases Blood Pressure

Cycling involves cardiovascular exercise, which increases blood flow throughout the body, including the mouth. 

This increased blood flow will disrupt the initial clotting process and it can lead to more bleeding from the extraction site.

This can delay the formation of a stable clot, prolong the healing time, and increase the risk of complications.

Dislodging The Blood Clot

After a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the underlying bone and nerves, and to promote healing.

While cycling, the suction created by breathing through the mouth, especially if you inhale forcefully, and the increased blood pressure can dislodge the blood clot. 

Plus, the movement and vibrations from cycling can jostle the extraction site which can also contribute.

Disrupting this blood clot can lead to a condition called dry socket, which is super painful and it delays the healing process.

You do NOT want this to happen.

You Are On Painkillers

Being on painkillers may also affect recovery, and some oral surgeons recommend waiting until completing the medication course before resuming cycling.

When Is It Ok To Ride Your Bike Again

Plus, painkillers can cause drowsiness and affect your reaction time, which can be dangerous when cycling.

When Is It Ok To Ride Your Bike Again?

Generally, it is recommended to avoid strenuous physical activity like cycling for at least 24 to 48 hours following the extraction to allow for initial healing and minimize the risk of complications.

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However, it’s important to consult with your dentist or oral surgeon. 

They’ll give you personalized advice based on factors such as the complexity of the extraction, your overall health, and any specific instructions provided.

IMO, I would give it at least 3 days to heal before getting back to cycling.

However, if the extraction had difficulties or multiple tooth extractions, it may take several weeks before you can safely resume cycling. 

This situation is uncommon, and your surgeon will emphasize the importance of rest in such cases. 

All in all, most people can typically resume cycling within a shorter time frame than this.

Starting Back Cycling After a Tooth Extraction

After a tooth extraction, it is advisable to start with a light cycle to get your legs in motion without stressing yourself. 

Starting Back Cycling After a Tooth Extraction

Maintain a gentle pace and avoid pushing yourself too hard or increasing your blood pressure. 

During these initial rides, there should be no pressure to cover long distances or work intensely. Instead, focus on enjoying a leisurely cycle, like going for a short ride with kids. 

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Try to stick to smooth, flat roads until you are fully healed and avoid bumpy terrain.

But pay close attention to your body’s signals and avoid any movements that cause pain, discomfort, or excessive strain on the healing area.

Bottom Line

You shouldn’t go cycling after a tooth extraction. At least until 3 days.

After getting a tooth extraction, it’s crucial to take care of the extraction site properly. Failing to do so can lead to complications such as dry socket, infection, and prolonged healing time.

As someone who enjoys cycling, I know how tempting it can be to resume physical activity as soon as possible. However, you should prioritize your health.


Can I Ride A Stationary Bike After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Cycling on a stationary bike can be a safe and effective way to stay active after wisdom teeth removal but don’t over do it. Light and very small sessions should be ok.

Hugo has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and, being from the Netherlands, he’s used to his bike being his primary mode of transport. Plus, as a lawyer, jumping on his bike is his main form of escaping from his desk duties.

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