Instructions Following Direct Sinus Lift

Recovery from your recent sinus lift surgery is important, and following the provided aftercare instructions will ensure your healing process is as comfortable and efficient as possible.

  • For the next four weeks, refrain from activities that could increase pressure in your nasal or oral regions, such as blowing your nose without covering, sneezing uncovered, flying, scuba diving, heavy lifting, blowing balloons, or playing wind instruments.
  • Follow instructions provided by our office for taking all prescribed medications, including any decongestants.
  • Maintain oral hygiene by starting saline rinses—mix one-half teaspoon of salt with an 8-ounce glass of water—on the evening of your surgery or the next day. Perform these rinses after meals and four to five times daily to help prevent infection and aid healing.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and start with soft foods post-surgery. Gradually return to your regular diet as comfort allows. Avoid chewing directly on the graft site and refrain from alcohol and smoking for the first one to two weeks.
  • Start gently brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush at night on the day of your surgery or the following day. Continue to brush at least two times a day.
  • Ensure all dental appliances, such as partial and full dentures, are properly adjusted before wearing them post-surgery.
  • Apply a cold compress near the surgical area to manage swelling and bruising. Place a cloth between the ice pack and your skin to avoid direct contact. Use the compress for 20 minutes on and at least 20 minutes off as required.

During your recovery, rest assured that our office is readily available to support you. While following these guidelines will greatly aid your healing journey, we understand that unexpected questions or concerns may arise. We strongly encourage you to contact us for any assistance or clarification you may require during the healing process.