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Sinus Lift Recovery — Post-Operative Tips

Congratulations on completing your sinus lift surgery! Now that you have taken the important step towards restoring your smile and oral health, focusing on sinus lift recovery is crucial. The postoperative period plays a significant role in the overall outcome of the procedure, ensuring that the bone graft heals properly and sets the foundation for dental implant placement.

Continue reading to learn about essential tips to confidently navigate your sinus lift recovery journey. We’ve got you covered, from managing pain and swelling to dietary recommendations and oral hygiene practices.

Precautions to Be Taken After Sinus Lift Augmentation

Precautions to Be Taken After Sinus Lift Augmentation

Here are some precautions that you need for a smooth and successful recovery after sinus lift surgery:

No Smoking

Smoking and nicotine decrease blood flow to the healing surgical site and irritate the area. It can lead to delayed healing and increase the risk of sinus infection. It’s essential to refrain from smoking during the recovery period.

Avoid Blowing Your Nose

Avoid blowing your nose for at least one week until after the surgery. Blowing your nose tends to create high pressures that can disrupt the healing of the sinuses and interfere with the recovery process.

Ocean Nasal Spray

If you experience nasal congestion, you can use nasal spray. This over-the-counter spray helps to loosen up mucus and allows passive drainage from your nose, aiding in your comfort during recovery.


If you feel congestion in your sinuses, Sudafed can be used as directed. Sudafed is available over-the-counter at the pharmacy. However, ensure not to take Sudafed if you are allergic to it.

Sneeze Through Your Mouth

If you need to sneeze, try to do so through your mouth instead of your nose. This precaution will avoid creating high pressures that could disrupt the healing process of the sinuses.

Avoid Bearing Down

Steer clear of activities that increase nasal or oral pressure, such as lifting heavy objects, blowing up balloons, or playing musical instruments requiring a blowing action. These actions can hinder the healing of the sinuses.

No Swimming for at Least 1 Month

Refrain from swimming for at least one month after the surgery. Water entering your nose during swimming can lead to a sinus infection and compromise healing.

No SCUBA Diving for at Least 2 Months

Avoid SCUBA diving for at least two months after the surgery. The water pressure exerted during SCUBA diving can disrupt the healing of the sinuses, and it’s essential to give your body ample time to recover before resuming such activities.

Post-Operative Tips for Sinus Lift Recovery

Post-Operative Tips for Sinus Lift Recovery

Firm, Moist Gauze Pressure for 2 Hours

Apply firm, moist gauze pressure to control bleeding after the surgery. Bite down firmly and avoid talking for 2 hours. Stay relaxed in an upright position while watching TV. If bleeding persists, use three fresh gauze pads moistened with water, and apply them for 1-hour intervals until the bleeding stops.

Apply Cold Packs to the Face

Reduce swelling by placing ice packs or frozen peas on each side of your face. Secure the packs with an ACE wrap, scarf, or towel. Alternate the cold packs every 30 minutes and take 30 minutes off for the first 48 hours. Keep your head on a recliner or couch while sleeping for seven days to minimize swelling.

Elevate Head for the First 7 Days

Maintain an elevated head position while sleeping, using a recliner or couch for the first seven days. Avoid lying flat on a bed during this period, as it can increase facial swelling.

No Smoking

Refrain from smoking, as it can slow the healing process and increase the risk of sinus infection, severe pain, and bone graft failure.

No Spitting

Avoid spitting for one month, as it can dislodge the bone graft, compromising its success. Instead, gently rinse your mouth and let the water fall passively into the sink.

No Straws

Steer clear of using straws for one month, as they can dislodge the bone graft. Opt for spoon-feeding smoothies and milkshakes or drinking from a cup.


On Day 1, eat chilled, soft foods such as ice cream, yogurt, smoothies, and milkshakes with a spoon (no straws). Stick to moderate, room-temperature foods like spaghetti, scrambled eggs, red beans, rice, and mashed potatoes from Day 2 to Day 31. Avoid hot and spicy foods and ensure soup and coffee have cooled to room temperature.


Take all prescribed medications with food to prevent nausea. Follow the instructions for all medications, and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery after IV sedation or while taking narcotic or nausea medications, as they can cause drowsiness and impaired judgment.


Begin GENTLE rinsing after each meal from Day 2 onwards. To avoid dislodging the bone graft, avoid thorough rinsing. To keep your mouth clean and limit the chance of infection, use an alcohol-free mouth rinse or water. Do not spit; gently rinse and let the rinse passively fall into the sink.

Oral Hygiene

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush (avoid electric toothbrush) for regular brushing, avoiding the bone graft surgical site. Gently rinse with alcohol-free mouth rinse or water.


Rest and avoid exertion for the first week following surgery because it may cause painful throbbing or bleeding at the surgical site.


Swelling, discomfort, and bruising are usual for 4-5 days after surgery. These symptoms will progressively fade away with time.

Problems or Complications in Sinus Lift Recovery

As with any medical procedure, unexpected post-operative healing occurrences can arise. If you observe an unexpected flow of air or liquid between your mouth and nose, inform your dentist immediately.

  • Additionally, if you notice several small particles of graft material being discharged from your nose, please let us know.
  • Should you experience sinus or nasal congestion on the side where the surgery was performed, inform us promptly.
  • Moreover, if there is an increase in swelling in your mouth, cheek, or under your eye after three days, please inform your dentist without delay.
  • Your feedback and communication are essential to ensure the success of your recovery, and addressing any concerns promptly can lead to the best possible outcome.


After undergoing a sinus lift procedure, dental implants can be successfully placed. This outpatient surgery significantly enhances the chances of successful implantation by creating a stronger bone foundation.

Before proceeding with the implant treatment, a specialist must thoroughly assess your jawbone’s condition. They will discuss their sinus lift recommendations, techniques, and the potential bone grafting materials used during the procedure.

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  • Is the sinus lift recovery procedure painful?

Bruising, face swelling, stiffness, and pain are normal in the three to ten days following surgery. Apply an ice pack to the affected areas for ten to fifteen minutes to reduce swelling and bruising. If your dentist provides pain relievers or antibiotics, follow the instructions carefully. It’ll help to alleviate your discomfort and encourage a more comfortable recovery process.

  • Can I take a walk after a sinus lift surgery?

It is critical to limit physical activity immediately following surgery. For the first 2-3 days, focus on resting and doing as little as possible. You can gradually resume normal activities starting on the third postoperative day. Conversely, exercise should be avoided because it may cause throbbing or bleeding at the surgery site.

Pay attention to what your body is telling you and avoid strenuous activities until you feel prepared to engage in more extensive physical activity. Prioritizing rest and allowing your body to repair throughout the early recovery period will result in a more efficient healing process and better overall results.

  • What can I eat after sinus lift surgery?

Sticky, hard (e.g., ice cubes, nuts, popcorn, chips), brittle, spicy, highly seasoned, or acidic foods should be avoided in your diet. Choose softer foods such as soups, noodles, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, etc.

These foods are softer in the surgery region and aid in faster recovery. Remember to eat well and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids during your recovery. Proper nutrition and water are critical to your body’s healing process and overall well-being during this period.