Can I use the sauna after tooth extraction or treatment?


The sauna is a place of relaxation and regeneration, but is it always safe for our health? What if we have recently visited the dentist’s surgery for a tooth treatment or extraction? This question is very important and requires detailed consideration.

Sauna and dental treatment

Dental treatments, such as dental treatment, are often an indispensable part of oral health care. In this context, the sauna can present some challenges. The main reason for this is that, following dental treatment, some restriction of activities that could affect the treated area is required.

After the placement of the filling, it is recommended to avoid the sauna and the swimming pool for at least 24 hours. This is due to the curing process of the materials used for the filling, which may not be properly cured when exposed to the extreme temperatures found in a sauna. In addition, the heat and humidity in the sauna can contribute to the growth of bacteria in the mouth, which can affect the healing process after treatment.

However, this is not all. Another important factor is that the sauna leads to an increase in blood flow. In the case of a recently treated tooth, this increase in blood flow can lead to increased swelling and pain, which is not desirable for the healing process. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to avoid the sauna for at least 24 hours after dental treatment.

Sauna after tooth extraction

The situation becomes even more complicated when it comes to sauna after tooth extraction. Having a tooth extracted is a more invasive procedure that often involves a lengthy healing process and requires a more rigorous post-operative management.

After tooth extraction, it is advisable to avoid any type of activity that can lead to an increase in blood pressure, and the sauna is one such place. The high temperature and humidity characteristic of the sauna lead to increased blood circulation. This, in turn, can lead to increased bleeding at the site where the tooth has been extracted, which can delay the healing process and increase the risk of infection.

After tooth extraction, it is advisable to avoid saunas for at least five to seven days, and sometimes even longer, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the rate of healing. It is important to consult your dentist before deciding to go to the sauna after tooth extraction. Always follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure proper healing and avoid potential complications.


Can I go to the sauna after a tooth implant procedure?

Implants require a long healing process and it is advisable to avoid saunas for several weeks after the procedure. It is best to consult your dentist.

Does sauna affect the healing process after a dental procedure?

Yes, the high temperature in the sauna can increase blood flow, which can adversely affect the healing process. It is therefore advisable to wait a reasonable amount of time after treatment before going to the sauna.

Can I use the sauna after root canal treatment?

After root canal treatment, it is advisable to wait a few days before going to the sauna. Please ask your doctor for more information.

Does sauna affect white fillings?

There is no concrete evidence that sauna has an effect on white fillings, but it is recommended to wait at least 24 hours after placing a filling before opting for sauna.

How long should I wait before going to the sauna after oral surgery?

After oral surgery, longer periods of rest and healing are required than after standard treatment such as sealing. It is advisable to wait at least 1-2 weeks before using the sauna to ensure the right conditions for the healing process. Nevertheless, always consult the doctor or dental surgeon who performed the operation for specific recommendations. Remember that rushing a return to normal activities can lead to complications and a longer healing process.

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