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Instructions for After Your Sinus Lift Procedure

After your sinus lift augmentation at Bluebonnet Oral Surgery and Implants, it’s crucial to follow instructions for optimal healing of the area. Our dentists are happy to answer any questions you may have but have laid out detailed directions following your procedure. Avoid blowing your nose for the next four weeks (or longer if specified), opting for sniffing instead. Open-mouth sneezing is recommended and refrain from using straws, spitting, scuba diving, and flying in unpressurized aircraft. Decongestants may be advised, along with prescribed antibiotics. Steer clear of activities that increase nasal pressure, such as heavy lifting, blowing up balloons, or smoking. Be sure to take your prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

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Oral Hygiene Instructions

On the day of your surgery, avoid rinsing or spitting as it may disrupt the blood clot, open the wound, and extend bleeding. Swallowing slightly blood-tinged saliva is acceptable. To minimize infection risk, start saltwater rinses the day after the procedure, using a solution of one-half teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water, rinsing gently at least four to five times daily, particularly after eating, for the next five days. Refrain from brushing the surgery area for 48 hours, and be gentle when doing so. If prescribed an antibacterial rinse, use it in the morning and at bedtime without eating, drinking, or rinsing afterward, limiting use to twice a day to prevent teeth staining. Avoid smoking for at least two weeks post-surgery, as discussed in your consultation, as it significantly heightens the risk of bone graft and sinus augmentation failure. If needed, your doctor can prescribe a NicoDerm patch.

Wearing Your Prosthesis or Nightguards

Avoid using partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures immediately post-surgery unless instructed otherwise; reach out to the office with any uncertainties. If you have a temporary “flipper,” wait until numbness subsides before placing it, ensuring it doesn’t touch the surgical area’s gums to prevent ulceration and wound breakdown, potentially causing graft loss. If there are concerns about the fit of your flipper, partial, or complete denture, refrain from wearing it until our office can assess it.

Post-Operative Complications & Resolutions

Report any unexpected post-operative issues promptly, such as air or liquid flow between your mouth and nose. Notify us if you observe small graft material particles in your nose or experience sinus/nasal congestion on the surgery side. Inform us of increased swelling in your mouth, cheek, or under your eye after three days. While we aim for a smooth recovery, reach out if you have questions about your progress. Contact the office during regular hours. For after-hours concerns, call 210-344-9898 to reach one of our doctors on their cell phone.

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