Post Operative Instructions For Sinus Grafting
With the surgery you have just completed, bone graft material was placed below the sinus cavity. This sinus is a large hollow space in the upper jaw, usually lying just above the roots of the back teeth. We made an access hole from your cheek bone into the sinus to place the graft. The membrane can be inflamed. The opening resulting from a sinus graft procedure has been covered by a dissolvable barrier.
We have taken certain measures to allow this window to heal. It will usually heal with no problems as long as the sinus doesn’t have a previous infection or inflammation.
However, there are some precautions you must take so as not to disturb the healing process.
- NO eating or drinking for 2 hours after surgery was completed.
- DO NOT smoke, drink alcoholic or carbonated beverages, drink through a straw, rinse, brush gum tissue or floss the surgical area for the first two days.
- After the first 2 days and for the next 2 WEEKS you should perform oral hygiene procedures in the surgical site with caution. This means brush the gum tissue and floss with light contact.
- For first 2 WEEKS you want to avoid eating hard, tough, or rough foods (chips, popcorn, nuts, caramels, steak). It is best to chew in areas of the mouth where surgery was not performed.
- If a stitch comes loose during the first 48 hours following surgery, please call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
- DO NOT blow through your nose. This will cause pressure into the sinus.
- Avoid anything that will cause you to sneeze or cough. Sneezing and coughing cause the same problem as blowing your nose. If you must sneeze or cough, do so with your mouth OPEN.
- Avoid smoking. If you must smoke, do not blow smoke through your nose, and take light drags on the cigarette.
- Take the medications that have been recommended to you. In addition, you will also need to take Sudafed, 1 tablet three times per day for three days ONLY if nose is congested.
- DO NOT be alarmed if you find blood in your nose. This may happen occasionally since the nose in connected directly to the sinus.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us.