When a person’s jawbone width or height has been lost, a graft is needed to restore the jawbone enough for a dental implant to be effective. The process of doing so is referred to as a sinus lift. A sinus lift is designed to regain the bone height and width that’s been lost due to various factors, but mostly because of an enlarged sinus.
A sinus lift is generally completed to regain bone height in the first and second molar region, but sometimes the second premolar needs the procedure as well. In most situations, the best results of the bone graft come when the patient’s own bone is used, but a donor’s bone or artificial bone can also be used. In any situation, proper care is required to make the sinus lift procedure effective and provide the best results and overall experience.
Common Activities or Actions to Avoid
There are many things patients do every day that should be avoided immediately following a sinus lift. Some of the actions or activities to avoid include:
- Blowing the nose for at least four weeks following a sinus lift
- Holding the nose when sneezing
- Drinking with a straw
- Scuba diving
- Flying in a pressurized aircraft
- Lifting heavy objects
- Playing a musical instrument requiring a blowing action
- Blowing up balloons
- Smoking or using tobacco for at least two weeks
- Any other action or activity that increases oral or nasal pressure
Focus Closely on Oral Hygiene
A patient’s oral hygiene is critical following a sinus lift. Saliva can be swallowed as normal, but the mouth should not be rinsed out, and the patient should not spit at all immediately following the procedure. However, the day following the procedure should consist of a gentle salt water rinse in the mouth for about five minutes. Repeat the rinse at least four or five times each day during the week following the procedure. It’s especially important to do the salt water rinse after eating.
When brushing teeth after a sinus lift, take extra care not to brush the area where the procedure was performed for at least 48 hours. Be extremely gentle when brushing, so the affected area is not irritated. You may prescribe a certain antibiotic rinse, which should be used as directed. Patients who have full or partial dentures or flippers should be able to use them immediately after the procedure unless otherwise instructed.
Follow Your Doctor’s Post-Care Recommendations
The importance of following your doctor’s post-care recommendations after a sinus lift is critical. While a sinus lift is a fairly standard procedure, the best results happen when the patient takes good care of the area after the procedure is complete. If patients experience any pressure in the sinuses, standard decongestants like Dimetapp™, Sudafed™ or Drixoral™ can be used to provide relief.
While the recovery process should be simple when following the doctor’s recommendations, it’s important for Union Oral Surgery patients to take notice of any unexpected effects. Some of these could include increased sinus pressure or nasal congestion, grafting particles becoming present or any other symptoms in the cheeks, mouth or under the eyes. If patients experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately.
A sinus lift is a serious procedure performed by medical professionals, but patients are in good hands at Union Oral Surgery. By following their post-care instructions and recommendations, you’ll enjoy a pleasant experience and be able to enjoy the long-term benefits as a result.
If you have any further questions or concerns following your sinus lift, contact us at (704) 291-7333. Our offices have a 24-hour answering service, so we are always available for you.