Because of the close relationship between your upper back teeth and the sinus, a communication between the sinus and mouth sometimes results from the surgery. Sometimes, in the case of sinus lift/bone grafting for dental implants, the sinus is purposefully entered into. In either case, certain instructions can assist with healing.
- Do not forcefully spit for several days.
- Do not forcefully blow your nose for a month, even though your sinus may feel “stuffy” or there may be some nasal drainage.
- Try not to sneeze as it may cause undesired sinus pressure. If you must sneeze, do it with your mouth open.
- Avoid chewing on the surgery site.
- Slight bleeding from the nose is not uncommon for several days after surgery.
- Please keep our office advised of any changes in your condition, especially if drainage, stuffiness, or pain increases. It is important for you to keep any of your postoperative appointments.
- If you have no medical contradictions, “Afrin” and “Sudafed” can be purchased from your pharmacist to help minimize nasal drainage or congestion.
- Take medication, as prescribed. Refer to the medicine bottle for correct dosage. If the pain medication is not working, do not double/increase the dosage.
Instead, contact the office.