Procedure Instructions

Sinus Lift Surgery and What To Do After


The upper back teeth and the maxillary sinus are closely related. Sometimes when an upper tooth is extracted, or after sinus lift surgery or dental implant placement, a small communication between the mouth and the sinus will remain after surgery. If this happens, it is important to allow the area to heal without being disturbed for the first weeks after surgery. These instructions will allow healing to occur undisturbed:

  • Take your medications as prescribed. Finish the antibiotics even if you feel fine, they will prevent infection of the surgical site.
  • Do not blow your nose for at least 7 days. The positive pressure from blowing your nose will put undue pressure on the healing sinus and may disturb the stitches or barrier membrane.
  • If your nose is running use Afrin Nasal Spray or Sudafed tablets to help dry the mucus membranes in the nose. You may wipe the nose.
  • Do not drink through a straw for 7 days. The suction from a straw may damage the surgical site.
  • Do not play a musical instrument that requires blowing.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking will delay healing and increases the risk of infection. Patients who smoke are typically the ones who have prolonged issues with sinus healing.

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Dr. Loveless did an amazing job. I needed a wisdom tooth extracted that had a large cavity. He got it out whole in less than 1 minute. He is great. His staff is wonderful too. My whole experience was great. I will refer anyone that needs an oral surgeon!

Pamela W.
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Dr. Loveless,

Thank you for making my tooth extraction so quick and easy. I was expecting a lot of pain. Haven’t experienced any residual pain, either since I woke up the following morning. You should hang a shingle stating “painless Dentist”!! Also, your staff is so kind and attentive. I would definitely come back when needed, and recommend you to anyone in need. Though I don’t wish that pre-surgery pain on any person (or animal) for that matter!

 

5 of 5 stars of 167

I had a great experience at Archway. I went there to get four wisdom teeth removed. The office was clean. The staff was nice and efficient. Dr. Loveless was warm and the Spotify music was a nice touch. The procedure went through with no problems and I didn’t feel a thing. I received a post op call and great instructions. Overall, the experience exceeded my expectations after you hear all the horror stories regarding wisdom teeth removal.

5 of 5 stars of 167

“For the gentle care on my three extractions–you’re the best!”

5 of 5 stars of 167

Very friendly staff. Doctor spent time to explain and answer questions. Easy to make an appointment. Easy to get a recheck. Staff and Doctor made themselves readily available for questions after surgery even during holidays.

Laurie M.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

My father had gone for a root canal the night before and a root fracture was discovered so the tooth could not be saved. We called the next morning to set up an oral surgery appointment and Dr. Loveless was able to accommodate him the same day. The staff explained everything in great detail regarding finances and post operative instructions. Dr. Loveless also discovered another area of concern and removed an additional tooth. This was extremely helpful since my dad is on blood thinners and we really wanted to avoid having to make two trips. Very clean office as well. Will recommend everyone we know to the practice.

5 of 5 stars of 167

This surgeon is great. ALL his staff is outstanding. Had implant done, basically painless, very interesting procedure. Assistant /hygienist (practically doctor) Emily was great. Highly recommend this office.

Larry C.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

Great place. Super nice staff and quick procedures. Everyone I know who got surgery done elsewhere was bedridden for a week but I had almost immediate recovery time. Highly recommend this place

Clayton J.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

Best oral surgery place! Everyone is so friendly & caring! They did a great job of making sure I was comfortable & the surgeon did an excellent job-they even gave me some Ted Drewes to bring home!

Deb M.
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“…we were happy to find somoeone that was caring…we will never forget the care and concern you showed to our mother”

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