Post Operative Instructions for Sinus Lift / Augmentation
Some swelling, pain and bleeding is normal following surgery.
The following instructions are provided to make your postoperative recovery period as short and pleasant as possible.
Please: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. BLOW YOUR NOSE FOR THE NEXT FOUR (4) WEEKS. This may be longer if indicated. You may sniff but NO BLOWING.
Bite down and maintain firm pressure on the gauze pack that was placed at the end of your surgery. There may be two areas of gauze in your mouth. Do this for at least 30 minutes. At that time remove the pack and replace it with another gauze sponge as provided. Repeat this as necessary. There should not be excessive bleeding. Bright red blood rapidly pooling in the area is not normal. If this occurs and does not decrease with pressure please call the office immediately. There may be a small amount of nasal discharge. It may be clear or lightly bloody. Excessive bleeding from the nose should be reported immediately.
If you were IV Sedated for the surgery be sure to eat a soft nutritious food prior to taking any medications. This will decrease the chances of post surgical nausea. If you were prescribed an antibiotic prior to surgery this should be continued until all the pills have been taken. If you were prescribed a decongestant; take this until it is all gone. Take your pain medications as needed in accordance with the directions. Codeine, hydrocodone or Tramadol can be supplemented with Advil or ibuprofen type medications. If you have allergies to any of these medications Do Not take them.
Do not rinse or spit for a minimum of 72 hours and longer if possible. This tends to disturb the blood clot and can prolong bleeding, open the wound and slow healing.
Saliva can be swallowed. Do not brush your teeth next to the surgery site for 48 hours or only brush in areas away from your graft surgery. When expectorating, BE GENTLE. If you used a prescribed mouthwash prior to surgery, it should be continued starting 24 hours after your surgery. Place the mouthwash in the area of the surgery and let it sit 30-60 seconds. Do not rinse with it until after you have returned for suture removal.
Apply ice immediately in the areas where the surgery was done. Since your graft was in the upper jaw you can expect swelling and discomfort up into the nose and even under the eyes and cheeks. Bruising and discoloration is not unusual. Crushed ice or equivalent should be placed in a plastic bag then in a washcloth and placed on the face. Apply for 30 minutes, then off for 20-30 minutes. This should be done on a near continuous basis (or as much as possible) for the first 48 hours and longer if possible or if this helps reduce your pain.
Avoid excess activity. DO NOT SMOKE. Do not drink with a straw or drink carbonated liquids (minimum 3 days). Do not consume alcoholic beverages while taking your pain medication. SMOKING can cause delayed healing or can cause this procedure to fail.
The area of the graft placement will feel full and tight. This is normal. Do not stretch your lip daily to inspect the area. This can cause wound breakdown.
If you have a temporary flipper or denture to wear do not place it until the numbness in the area is gone. You very likely may need to wait until the stitches are removed until your denture can be worn. When it is placed it should not touch the gums in the area of the surgery. If it does, this can cause ulceration of the wound edges and breakdown of the suture margins. If you have questions about the fit of your flipper or denture, do not wear it until our doctors or your referring dentist can see you.