Because of the close relationship between upper back teeth and the sinus, a communication between the sinus and mouth sometimes results from surgery. That complication has occurred in your case and certain precautions will assist healing. We ask that you faithfully follow these instructions:
- Take prescriptions as directed.
- Do not forcefully spit for several days.
- Do not smoke.
- Do not use a straw for several days.
- Do not forcefully blow your nose, even though your sinus may feel “stuffy” or there may be some nasal drainage.
- Try not to sneeze; it will cause undesired sinus pressure. If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open.
- Eat only soft foods for several days, always trying to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
- Do not rinse vigorously for several days. Gentle saltwater swishes may be used.
Slight bleeding from the nose is not uncommon for several days after surgery.
Please keep our office advised of any changes in your condition, especially if the following occurs: drainage or pain increases, you are able to pass air through the extraction site, and/or you get water in your nose when you rinse or eat. It is important that you keep all future appointments until this complication has resolved.
- Blowing your nose
It is best to wipe away nasal secretions carefully. After 2 weeks, if you must blow your nose, blow gently through both sides at the same time. Do not pinch your nose; do not blow just one side at a time.
If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open and do not pinch your nose closed.
Do not drink through a straw. Do not smoke.
Do not play a wind instrument. Do not blow up balloons.
- Pushing or lifting
Do not lift or push objects weighing more than 20 pounds.
- Bending over
Keep your head above the level of your heart. Sleep with your head slightly raised.
Notify your oral surgeon or nurse if you bleed from your nose.
If you see bleeding from your nose, have neck stiffness, have increased sensitivity to bright light or a severe headache, call the clinic immediately.
Notify your oral surgeon or nurse if you are unable to take any of your medications as prescribed.
It is likely that you may be advised to take an antibiotic and decongestant as well as your regular pain medication. You must take these medications as prescribed. Do not stop taking them on your own. If you have a problem with any medication, please call us so that we can make an adjustment for you.