Sinus Precautions

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Rarely, a tooth root will grow into the sinus or is located so close that during removal; the sinus may be opened, entered or bruised. Sometimes there is no bone between the tooth root and the sinus, or infection has destroyed the bone in the area. These situations can allow the sinus to be open following a tooth removal, or a root or tooth to fall into the sinus during surgery. When any of these conditions occur, special care must be exercised to insure the proper healing of your sinus.

You have been given this form because the doctor feels you may have this problem or care must taken to prevent it.

Care of this problem

You should not blow your nose, sniffle, use a straw, sneeze, or do anything which might put undo pressure on the sinus cavity. Do not rinse your mouth vigorously. Do not smoke. All these things could cause an opening to form or not heal between the sinus and your mouth.
You may have a nosebleed or some drainage from your sinus. It will stop after a while. Depending on the severity of the opening, you may be given antibiotics and decongestants. Please use these as instructed to help the sinus heal.

You will be given a follow-up appointment for examination of this area. We will continue to check you until we are satisfied that no opening exists. With good care on your part, almost all openings will heal within 2 weeks without complications.

In the event you feel an opening has occurred after you left the office, and air or liquid can go from the mouth to the sinus, call our office immediately so you can be seen for evaluation. In the event an opening has occurred, additional surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.