Because of the close relationship between upper back teeth and the sinus, communication between the sinus and mouth sometimes results from surgery. Certain precautions will assist the healing process and we ask that you faithfully follow these instructions.
- Do not forcefully spit, smoke, or drink through a straw for two weeks following the procedure. These activities create unwanted suction in the mouth that can prevent the blood from properly clotting.
- 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.
- If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open.
- Do not rinse vigorously for several days. Gentle salt water swishes may be used to help keep the surgical site clean. (A teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water)
- Do not bend over and put your head below your waist
- Do not pick up heavy objects from the ground
Slight bleeding from the nose is not uncommon for several days after surgery. Please contact our office if there are any changes in your condition, especially if drainage or pain increases. It is important that you keep all future appointments until the complication has resolved.