Post-Operative Instructions Sinus Lift

This page will cover important information regarding proper post-surgical care after a sinus lift for dental implants.

A sinus lift is performed to increase the height of bone available in your upper jaw for dental implant(s). It is imperative that you follow the instructions listed below carefully to maximize healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implant(s).

Do not blow your nose for at least 14 days, as the pressure will delay or damage your sinus healing. 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.

You may use nasal decongestants, such as over-the-counter Sudafed® tablets or Afrin® Nasal Spray, to keep your passages open. These are especially good if you have noticed continued drainage or feel the need to blow your nose. Use over-the-counter nasal saline spray for nasal dryness, if needed.

Take the antibiotics prescribed by your oral surgeon 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, which may damage a healing clot. You may drink out of a cup or a bowl, or use a spoon. Do not chew food or manipulate the surgical site.

Do not smoke! Smoking reduces the blood flow, contaminates the healing wound, and frequently leads to infections or graft failure.

Keep your oral cavity as clean as possible. If you were prescribed a mouth rinse, use it as directed. Use warm saltwater rinses multiple times daily and brush and floss as usual.

Do not manipulate the surgical site. Keep your fingers and tongue off of the site. Absorbable sutures are often (but not always) used, and they will dissolve on their own. If non-absorbable sutures are placed, they will be removed at a follow-up appointment.