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Repair of Oromaxillary Fistula (cont.)


Why It Is Done

This surgery is done to close a fistula between a maxillary sinus and the mouth. A fistula can cause chronic inflammation or infection of the sinus (sinusitis).

How Well It Works

Most people who have this surgery recover with no problems.


Infection is the main risk of this surgery. You should call your doctor if you have:

What to Think About

In some cases, a very small fistula may be treated without surgery. A dentist or oral surgeon may apply gauze or another product over a blood clot that forms in the hole left by the extracted tooth. The gauze stays in place for a few days to help the wound heal.

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