Caring for Your Sinuses

It is normal anatomy for the roots of the top teeth to be close to the sinus. Because of this close relationship, when a tooth is extracted, many times there will be a communication between the mouth and the sinus. Dr. Simmons will notify you if this has occurred. In order for the sinus to heal, it is important to follow some guidelines below:

  1. Take any prescriptions as directed
  2. Do not blow your nose for two weeks; this would cause outward pressure in the sinus. It is okay to wipe the edge of your nose or sniff in using nasal sprays.
  3. Avoid using a straw or smoking.
  4. Eat soft foods and chew on the opposite side.
  5. Follow oral hygiene instructions and avoid rinsing too vigorously.

It is not uncommon to have a slight amount of bleeding from the nose. Please call us if it is extensive or recurring.

Occasionally, sinus communications do not close on their own and require a secondary procedure. If symptoms persist or reappear, it is imperative that you call our office in order for us to evaluate the situation.