After Sinus Lift

If you had a sinus lift graft performed, the general postoperative instructions still apply, but we would like to emphasize a few important points about your particular procedure and remind you of some instructions:

  • Do not blow your nose.
  • If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open to avoid any unnecessary pressure on the sinus area.
  • Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco. Smoking greatly inhibits healing, especially in the sinus graft.
  • Do not take liquids in through a straw.
  • Do not lift or pull up on your lip to look at the stitches, as this may actually create damage and tear the stitches.
  • Take your antibiotics as directed and until finished.
  • You may be aware of small granules in your mouth for the next few days. This is not unusual, as your graft is mainly made of particles and some may migrate into the mouth.
  • If you feel congested, you may need to use antihistamines or decongestants. If you do, use over-the-counter products such as Claritin-D or Dimetapp. I would also suggest that you avoid nasal sprays. Most of the time, patients do fine without any nasal sprays, antihistamines, or decongestants.
  • You will be prescribed pain medication, take as needed for pain. Tylenol can be used for further pain relief as needed.  Use the strong pain reliever (i.e. Norco) with food, only for severe pain. Tylenol should be discontinued if you decide to use the stronger medication.