Please read this important information regarding proper post-surgical care after a sinus lift for dental implants.
This treatment is performed to increase the height of bone available for your implant(s). It is imperative that you follow the instructions listed below carefully to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implant(s).
Do NOT blow your nose for at least 7 days as the pressure may delay or damage your sinus healing. Remember:
- If you have to sneeze, do NOT hold it back — sneeze out.
- Open your mouth and try to minimize the pressure in your nasal/sinus passages.
- If you feel the need to blow your nose, you may use nasal decongestants such as over-the-counter Sudafed® tablets or Afrin® nasal spray to keep your passages dry.
Take the antibiotics prescribed by your doctor until they are finished, even if you feel fine. They protect the surgical site from infection. Also, 1 or 2 servings of yogurt or an acidophilus probiotic tablet are recommended daily to reduce gastrointestinal complications (like diarrhea).
Do not drink through a straw. This creates suction that may damage a healing clot. You may drink out of a cup, bowl, or use a spoon to take liquids.
Do not smoke because smoking reduces blood flow and significantly impairs wound healing that may contaminate the healing surgical site, leading to poor graft healing and possibly even infection.