After Sinus Lift
Because of the close relationship between upper back teeth and the sinus, a communication between the sinus and the mouth sometimes results from surgery. This should heal uneventfully if a few simple steps are followed.
o Take prescriptions as directed.
o Do not forcefully spit for several days.
o Do not smoke for several days.
o Do not use a straw for several days.
o Do not forcefully blow your nose for at least two weeks, even though your sinus may feel “stuffy” or there may be some nasal drainage.
o Try not to sneeze; it will cause undesired sinus pressure. If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open.
o Eat only soft foods for several days and be careful to chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the sinus exposure.
o Do not rinse vigorously for several days. Do use your chlorhexidine (Peridex) rinse.
o Slight bleeding from the nose is not uncommon for several days after surgery.
o If you experience stuffiness or congestion, you may use over-the-counter medications such as Sudafed or Contac.
If you experience green or yellow thick drainage form your nose, or severe headache pain with congestion, please contact the office.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 703-780-4422.