COVID-19 Vaccines & Oral Surgery: What You Need to Know

Posted on May 17, 2021

At Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery, we’re committed to promoting the safety and wellness of our patients, fellow staff members, neighbors, and loved ones. That’s why our oral and facial surgical team encourages everyone in the greater Charlotte community to continue to do their part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re in this together!

The GCOFS team stands with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other professional agencies who recommend simple strategies to stay healthier and slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID—like washing your hands regularly, keeping six feet of space between you and people you don’t live with, wearing a mask in public, and getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you’re eligible for one. (While you’re at it, we encourage all our patients to get enough sleep, exercise, and nutrient-dense foods…the latter of which also happens to be good for dental health!)

We understand why some of our patients have questions about the new COVID vaccines authorized for use in the United States, and whether their oral health needs will affect their ability to get vaccinated once they’re eligible. Keep reading to hear Dr. Amir Marashi weigh on some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine and oral surgery.

FAQs About Oral Surgery and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Patient getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Is it safe to get the COVID vaccine if I have dental implants?

Yes, it’s considered safe to get the COVID vaccine even if you have dental implants. There is no evidence to suggest that having dental implants decreases the effectiveness nor safety of the vaccine.

How long do I need to wait to get the COVID vaccine after dental implant surgery?

You don’t need to delay getting the COVID vaccine after dental implant surgery. Assuming it isn’t contraindicated for you (e.g. you shouldn’t get this vaccine if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to any of its ingredients), you should be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you’re eligible for one.

Is it safe to get the COVID vaccine if I recently had oral surgery?

Current best evidence tells us that it’s safe to get the COVID vaccine at any time before or after oral surgery. Plus, the vaccine shouldn’t negatively affect your healing. Research shows that vaccine effectiveness is better when you’ve had good sleep, so make sure you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night in the week leading up to your vaccination appointment. (Good sleep may also promote healing and reduce pain after surgery!)

How long do I need to wait to get the COVID vaccine after oral surgery?

You shouldn’t have to wait to get your COVID vaccine after oral surgery, at least not beyond the normal amount of time you might need to wait before you become eligible for vaccination. Vaccines are some of the best, most heavily-researched resources we have in the fight against infectious diseases like COVID-19, and getting oral surgery shouldn’t be a reason to prevent you from getting a vaccine if you want one.

Is it safe to get the COVID vaccine if I recently had my wisdom teeth removed?

If you recently had your wisdom teeth taken out, it’s still considered safe and beneficial to get the COVID vaccine. Wisdom teeth removal surgery shouldn’t be a reason to delay vaccination.

How long do I need to wait to get the COVID vaccine after wisdom tooth removal surgery?

You can get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you’re able to following wisdom teeth removal surgery. Getting the vaccine won’t impair your healing, and a recent surgery won’t reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine, either.

Is it safe to get the COVID vaccine if I recently had facial surgery?

Yes, it’s safe to get the COVID vaccine if you recently had facial surgery. Eligible individuals who have had facial surgery shouldn’t be discouraged from getting their vaccines.

Is it safe to get the COVID vaccine with Botox?

Current data shows that it’s safe for people who have Botox injections to get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Cleveland Clinic, some providers advise waiting two weeks before or after vaccination to administer Botox and related treatments, simply out of an abundance of caution. 

How long do I need to wait to get the COVID vaccine after facial surgery?

Right now, there aren’t any COVID-related restrictions to facial surgery. You don’t need to follow any sort of waiting period after getting facial surgery to get your vaccine. Anyone who wants to get a COVID vaccine should be able to get one as soon as they’re eligible, even if they just recently had facial surgery.

How long do I need to wait to get the COVID vaccine after cosmetic surgery?

There’s no need to wait to get the COVID vaccine after getting cosmetic surgery. You’re encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible to do so, even if you’ve recently undergone cosmetic procedures.

Our experienced oral surgery team proudly serves the Greater Charlotte communities of Steele Creek, Pineville, and Gastonia. Call us at (888) 542 3223 to make an appointment or learn more about your oral and facial surgery services. We look forward to serving you!

By Amir Marashi, MD, DDS

Amir Marashi, MD, DDS received his undergraduate training at Mercer University in Atlanta where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He attended dental school at the University of Minnesota where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with distinction.
Dr. Marashi completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Louisiana State University and the University of Rochester. He also attended medical school at Louisiana State University where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree Cum Laude, followed by a year of medical residency.
After residency, Dr. Marashi joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the department of surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, training oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. Dr. Marashi is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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