Some frequently asked questions:
What is the success rate of this treatment?
What are the main side effects?
There are two main complications during treatment which include bleeding and tearing of the sinus lining.
The bleeding is managed during the treatment and you will not be discharged until any bleeding has stopped.
If the sinus lining tears, Paul can repair it during the treatment using a horse collagen-derived biomaterial. He often uses this even if the membrane is not torn, it resorbs away over a period of 4-6 weeks. If the sinus lining tears very badly it may not be possible to carry out the procedure. You would then need to heal for six weeks before trying again.
Post operative pain and swelling which last for up to a week after the procedure. Bruising can last for up to 2 weeks, or a little more if you take medicine to thin your blood.
You are quite likely to have a nose bleed after treatment. Old blood clots will slowly be cleared from your sinus for around two weeks after treatment, this is very normal.
Do implants have good outcomes in these bone grafted sites?
Can this treatment be done in the dental chair?
What do I need to do to look after the wound after treatment?
You must not smoke for at least 2 weeks before treatment and 2 months after, it is much better for the final outcome and long term success to stop smoking entirely
Please continue to take your antibiotics which start the day before your treatment
You must not blow your nose for three weeks
You must not hold in your sneezes for three weeks
Please use the chlorhexidine mouthwash for two weeks