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Instructions for Sinus Precautions

Sinus Precautions


Do not disturb the wound. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.


Because of the close relationship between upper back teeth and the sinus, a communication between the sinus and mouth sometimes results from surgery.  That complication has occurred in your case, which often heals slowly and with difficulty.  Certain precautions will assist healing and we ask that you faithfully follow these instructions:

  • Take prescriptions as directed.

  • Do not forcefully spit for 2 weeks.

  • Do not smoke for 2 weeks.

  • Do not use a straw for 2 weeks.

  • Do not blow your nose for at least two weeks, even though your sinus may feel “stuffy” or there may be some nasal drainage.

  • Try not to sneeze; it will cause undesired sinus pressure.  If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open.

  • East only soft foods for several days, always trying to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.

  • Do not rinse vigorously for several days.  Gentle salt water swishes may be used.

  • If you wear an upper denture, do not remove it until further notice.



Slight bleeding from the nose is not uncommon for several days after surgery.


Please keep our office advised of any changes in your condition, especially if drainage or pain increases.  It is important that you keep all future appointments until this complication has resolved.

PLEASE NOTE: Telephone calls for narcotic (pain killer) prescription renewal are NOT accepted WITHOUT office visit.

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