Post Operative Sinus Precautions

Because of the close relationship between the back upper teeth and the sinus cavity, an opening between the mouth and sinus cavity can occur when these teeth are extracted.  Should this be the situation in your case, it is important to follow the following instructions to allow for normal healing and avoid sinus complications:

  • Hold the gauze pack over the extraction site and change as necessary until the area is completely clotted.
  • Do not rinse your mouth in the first 24 hours and only gently during the following 2 weeks.
  • Refrain from blowing your nose for 2 weeks.
  • If you need to sneeze, do so with an open mouth and do not pinch your nose to avoid excessive pressure developing in your sinus.
  • Smokers should not do so for 2 weeks.
  • Do not use a straw or create suction in your mouth or nose for 2 weeks.
  • Do not swim and avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks.

Slight bleeding from the nose may occur for several days.  Follow up appointments in our office are especially important to make sure no complications are developing.