CARING FOR YOUR SINUSES AFTER ORAL SURGERY
Because of the close relationship to the sinus, many times when a tooth is extracted, it will leave a communication between the mouth and the sinus. Due to the close proximity of the sinus to your surgery site, it is important for you to follow these instructions:
1. Take prescriptions as directed.
2. Do not spit for several days.
3. Refrain from blowing your nose for two weeks.
4. Try not to sneeze or cause pressure. If you must sneeze, try to sneeze with your mouth open.
5. Do not use a straw or smoke.
6. Eat soft foods and chew on the opposite side.
7. Follow oral hygiene instructions and avoid rinsing too vigorously.
8. No airplane trips or scuba diving for a minimum of one week.
It is not uncommon to have a slight amount of bleeding from the nose. Please call us if it is extensive or recurring. These sinus communications will normally close on their own. However, some do not resolve on their own and may require a secondary procedure, particularly if these instructions are not followed, or due to factors beyond the control of anyone involved. If symptoms persist or reoccur, it is imperative that you call our office so that we may reevaluate.