After Sinus Lift

You have had a Sinus Lift Augmentation procedure in your upper jaw.  This procedure regains lost bone height in the area of your first and second molar and occasionally second premolar.  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 FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. This may be longer if indicated. You may sniff all you like but NO BLOWING.

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.  Nasal decongestants can help reduce pressure in the sinuses.  Please take these as directed. Anything that causes pressure in your nasal cavity must be avoided.  Avoid “bearing down”—as when 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


Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.


Severe pain is usually not experienced, but some pain and discomfort is to be expected after surgery. For mild to moderate discomfort use Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg two tablets every four hours.  Extra strength Tylenol can also be taken every four hours.

For more severe pain, use the prescription given to you.  If the pain does not begin to subside in two to three days, please call the office.


Do not rinse or spit on the day of your surgery. This tends to disturb the blood clot, open the wound and can prolong bleeding. You should not have a significant amount of blood in your mouth. Saliva can be swallowed, even if slightly blood tinged.

Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential to reduce the risk of infection.  Start salt water rinses the day following your procedure. Use one teaspoon of salt dissolved in a 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.

Do not brush the teeth in the area of surgery for 48 hours. When brushing, be very gentle. When expectorating, also be gentle.

We may prescribe an antibacterial rinse (Peridex).  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.


Do not smoke for at least two weeks after surgery, if at all.  Smoking dramatically increases the risk of bone graft and sinus augmentation failure.


Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery until your post-operative appointment unless specifically instructed otherwise. Please contact the office if there is any question.  If you have a temporary “flipper” to wear do not place it until the numbness in the area is gone. When it is placed it should not touch the gums in the area of the surgery. If it does, this can cause ulceration of the wound edges and breakdown of the suture margins. This can lead to loss of the graft.  If you have questions about the fit of your flipper, partial or complete denture, do not wear it until your general dentist or our office can see you.


If you notice the unexpected flow of air or liquids between your mouth and nose, please let us know immediately.

If you are aware of several small particles of graft material being discharged from your nose, let us know as well.

If you experience sinus or nasal congestion on the side your surgery was performed, let us know.

If there is an increase in swelling in your mouth, cheek or under your eye after 3 days, let us know.

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.  Please try to call during office hours. If you are experiencing an emergency you may contact the office at any time at #604.439.7874 for further instructions.