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Sinus Lift

Pre-Operative General Instructions

Pre-Operative Instructions for IV and Oral Sedation

After Sinus Lift

The following information applies when upper back jawbone height or width have been lost. The graft is placed to help restore your jawbone in preparation for possible implant replacement of the missing tooth or teeth.

This procedure regains lost bone height in the back portion of your upper jaw. It is an important procedure as it allows implant placement in an area that could not be implanted otherwise because of insufficient bone height due to an enlarged sinus.

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BLOW YOUR NOSE OR SNEEZE HOLDING YOUR NOSE FOR THE NEXT FOUR (4) WEEKS.

Do not blow your nose or sneeze holding your nose. Sneeze with your mouth open. Do not drink with straws and do not spit. Scuba diving and flying in pressurized aircraft may also increase sinus pressure and should be avoided. Decongestants such as Dimetapp or Sudafed will help reduce pressure in the sinuses. You may also be given a prescription for antibiotics. Please take these as directed. Anything that causes pressure in your nasal cavity must be avoided. Avoid lifting heavy objects, blowing up balloons, playing musical instruments that require a blowing action or any other activity that increases nasal or oral pressure. Smoking must be stopped. For the first 3-4 nights, sleep with at least 2 pillows (20-30 degree elevation) under your head.

Oral Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential to reduce the risk of infection. Start salt water rinses the day of surgery. Use one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8 ounce glass of warm water and gently rinse with portions of the solution, taking five minutes to use the entire glassful. Repeat as often as you like, but at least four to five times daily and always after eating for the next five days.

When brushing, be very gentle. When expectorating, also be gentle. Do not use an electric toothbrush during the healing process.

We may prescribe an antibiotic rinse (Peridex) for certain procedures. This rinse should be used in the morning and at bedtime after routine mouth care. Do not eat or drink or rinse your mouth after using the medicated rinse. Using this rinse more than two times a day will cause staining of your teeth.

Smoking

Do not smoke for at least three weeks after surgery, if at all. As discussed at your consultation, smoking dramatically increases the risk of bone graft and sinus augmentation failure.

Wearing your Prosthesis or Nightguards

Do not wear anything that may put any kind of pressure on the surgical site.

Post-Operative Problems or Complications

As with any procedure, unexpected post-operative healing can occur. Please let us know if:

SWELLING:  Swelling is often associated with surgery.  It can be minimized by using a cold pack, ice bag or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel and applied firmly to the cheek adjacent to the surgical area.  This should be applied twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off during the first 24 hours after surgery.  If you have been prescribed medicine for the control of swelling, be sure to take it as directed.

HOT APPLICATIONS:  You may apply warm compresses to the skin over the areas of swelling (hot water bottle, hot moist towels, heating pad) for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to help soothe tender areas.  This will also help decrease swelling and stiffness.

HEALING:  Normal healing after tooth extraction should be as follows: The first two days after surgery are generally the most uncomfortable and there is usually some swelling.  On the third day you should be more comfortable and, although still swollen, can usually begin a more substantial diet. The remainder of the post-operative course should be gradual, steady improvement.  If you don’t see continued improvement, please call our office.

It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office.

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