It’s that time of year again when everyone is planning a vacation. If you haven’t had a chance to see your dentist, now may be a good time. Many people travel to another state or country for vacations, and finding a dentist that you trust or feel comfortable with may be difficult. Also, if you have had any major work done you may want to make sure it is ok to travel. It’s important to know that many dental procedures are surgical in nature. Dental implants, for example, often require months of healing. Post-treatment risks after dental surgical procedures include bleeding, pain, swelling and infection. Your body may need time to rest and recover after procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction, root canals, dental implants and gum surgery, which should be factored into flight and vacation activity schedules. In addition, it is possible that changes in airplane cabin pressure might cause discomfort in some patients who have recently had oral surgery. Bear in mind that significant dental procedures require follow-up care to make sure everything is healing and functioning properly. Continuity of care is important and should be a consideration when making treatment decisions.