If you are reading this, your surgery may involve the maxillary sinus. This may be for bone grafting (sinus lift), or often the roots of upper molars extend into the sinus creating a small opening between your sinus and mouth. The maxillary sinuses are air-filled spaces within your upper jaw and cheekbone that communicate with your nasal cavity. A few precautions are recommended to promote the best possible healing.
No smoking. Smoking always slows down the healing process, and the suction can pull air from your mouth through the surgical site into your sinus.
No straws. Using a straw also creates suction which can pull air through your surgical site.
No nose blowing. You may wipe your nose, but blowing your nose can create excessive pressure and force air from your sinus into your surgical site.
No sneezing. If you absolutely have to sneeze, open your mouth.
Take the prescribed antibiotics (amoxicillin) as directed until all pills have been taken.
Take the prescribed Claritin-D® (loratadine and pseudoephedrine) twice per day on a regular schedule.
You may always call our office with any questions or concerns at (817) 441-5000.