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  • Sinusitis caused by root canal procedure: I had root canal on 14th molar upper. During the procedure, Sodium Hypochlorite went to the left nostril and back of the throat. Diagnosis - Sinusitis. Per Endodontist, Root canal was over instrumented. It seems like the root canal reached the sinus cavity. Oral surgeon claimed there is no reason to pull the tooth but instead clean the maxillary sinus (caldwell) then clean the root or just wait until it improves.I started antibiotics early this month and more recently, Methyl Prednisolone tablets. Right now sinus symptoms are improving but I sense a salty taste at times. Should I ask for another oral surgeon consultation? Will the over filling of the root canal cause problems in the future? Are there Oral antral connections? .....Visitor from White Plains     (answer)

  • Broken bone between upper rear molar and sinus cavity: My son in New York state has informed me that he had a dentist break a tooth in the upper rear section of his mouth. He was then taken to a surgeon who apparently damaged the bone between his mouth and sinus cavity while removing the rest of the tooth. He says that his mouth has been "screwed up" since then. He is in 5 Points correctional facility in NY, and wonders if there is something that can, or should, be done about it. .....Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Root canal gone from wrong to horror: 12 yrs ago my dentist pierced my sinus and ended up extracting the tooth #4 instead of just doing a root canal. I then had a half bridge on tooth #3 for good 12 years but recently that tooth collapsed in infection due to numerous bridge re-doings. I'm now grafted and ready for #3 and #4 implants. I'd like an advice on how to ask the dentist who made this mistake 12 yrs ago to give me a discount for the 2 crowns I'd need for implants. I ended up spending many thousands of dollars so far on this. Could you suggest any ethical or emotional appeal that to you or your colleagues could ring a bell of "doing the right thing" in a situation like this? .....Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Dental implant in sinus cavity: I recently had dental implants placed in my upper jaw. I am currently having a lot of sinus problems. My ENT doctor ordered a CT scan which showed the implant protruding in to the sinus cavity. Can this be fixed? .....Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • I have a significant sinus problem. Whenever I get sick I produce a lot of mucus and my gums start hurting. I'm pretty sure fluid is seeping into my gums because I can feel something moving in there when I do situps and I also see little swollen dots on my gums. Also, in that region (upper right and upper left around the fangs) they just look wrong. I have had this problem for a very long time, but today it seems that it's more serious than I thought because the pressure is much worse on my gums and it's not going away. What can I do to alleviate the pain? Do I need surgery? .....Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Pain and Rapid Heart Beat related to upper extraction? I had my back upper tooth pulled about a month ago and I have been sick every since then. I've been to the hospital several times even to the doctor. No one seems to know what going on with me. My syptoms range from rapid heart beats, pain in the lower neck, to tension headaches. I am puzzled because I had every test done to even check out my heart, all came back normal. The only thing I can think of is the dental work I had done. The denstist pulled the tooth without giving me any antibotics and also used lidocone which made me feel dizzy. Any info will truely be great.....Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • I've had pain and swelling in my gums for about 2 years now and it is rapidly getting worse. The pain persists for 24 hours. I also have swelling in my left cheek and I can feel fluid seeping into the gums and from there on into the nose region, which causes terrible odor. I've been on many antibiotics, seen many dentists and ENTS, had X-rays, CT-scans, MRIs. No one knows what it is. Shouldn't there be a bone or some sort of membrane around that region that prevents the liquid from traveling from the gum to the nasal region? I wondered for a long time if there may be a possible membrane or tissue rupture. Can you reccommend some tests and well as some alleviating measures? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Is there any medical reason to have a sinus lift other than for a dental implant? Or do the sinus work the same as long as they are intact, just lower? ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Two weeks ago I had several extractions done. The dentist said that the number 13 "root tip exploded into my sinus". I have seen an Ear Nose and Throat doctor and we are waiting for the results of my CT scan. However my dentist now refers to it as a tooth and the xray does look like a tooth. My question(s) are how can this happen and what are the chances that I won't have to have this removed? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • When I was 28 years old, a dentist pulled my upper left wisdom tooth. He told me looked like 3 teeth had grown together and he had such a tough time pulling this tooth that he was worried about me afterwards. He said I may have sinus problems later because of the size of the tooth and how deep he had to go. I'm 44 now and since he pulled this tooth, I've had nothing but problems. I haven't been to an ear, nose and throat doctor yet but have seen several dentists about this and they can't find anything wrong. My whole right side of my face swells, my eye gets bloodshot and red, I suffer from terrible fatigue when this starts acting up, and the pain is horrible. My question is, do you suggest I now see an ear, nose and throat or another dentist in a specialty field? My upper teeth are very sensitive now and my gums above those teeth swell. This is all in the area that wisdom tooth was removed. I just have never found a dentist who could tell me what to do or if having that wisdom tooth removed is actually what caused all the problems I'm having today. Any help will be deeply appreciated. Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Teeth and sinus problems: I had a crown put on several years ago and I think the dentist may have broken through to my sinus. I have had trouble with my sinus ever since. I have been to three dentists who didn't see any infection, and the last one told me it might be a wisdom tooth because it is impacted and on an angle. I am constantly feeling fluid in the sinus. I have been to an ear nose and throat doctor and had a scan done on my sinus, but he said nothing was wrong except for some swelling. I feel it has something to do with my teeth. Should I see an oral surgeon or another kind of specialty dentist? ... Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • I had a broken dow post where my left canine tooth was. It was broken for a long time. I guess I didn't know it. I began feeling a pressure (it feels like something pushing up or over on the nasal floor). I have sinusitis and my sinus does not drain properly so there is always pressure in my face and eyes and I am tired all the time. I have been to 3 ENTs, an allergist and the dentist who removed the dow post and replaced the bridge I had with a 6 tooth bridge with 2 false teeth. That did not help the sinus drainage problem and all of the doctors say my sinuses are fine. Could there be scar tissue built up where the post was broken for 3 years that is causing a narrowing of where it drains? ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • I have what it believed to be a sinus infection for the last 7 weeks. I've been on 4 different antibiotics and been to the doctor, Endodontist, ER, and ENT, but still have extreme pain in my upper two molars on the right. Mainly, the tooth that I previously had a root canal/crown on back in 2004. The Endodontist said it's not tooth related, but I know what it's like when a tooth is dying (I've had 4 root canals) and this pain feels exactly like it. My catscan showed "mild right maxillary sinus mucosal thickening". All I know is that I can't continue on like this. If you have any advice or thoughts on the issue above it would be much appreciated!!! ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • For quite a while now I have experienced off and on a sharp, throbbing pain in my upper left gum area (sometimes quite bad). It happens after I have chewed particularly hard on this one tooth (4th one back from the front) or if my sinuses are swollen. At first I thought it was a toothache so I asked my dentist. He looked at my xrays and said it was not my tooth, but that my sinsues were unusually close to the nerve. Since then, I had to get root canal surgery on that particular tooth, leading me to think maybe he was wrong, and it was in fact my tooth. However, I still get the pain even after the root canal. I'm not sure I understood what my dentist meant concerning the nerve -if they took the nerve out of my tooth in the root canal, why would I still have pain? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • A week ago I woke with pain in my upper left gums..the next day it increased and by the 3rd day, I went to a doctor who diagnosed it as a sinus infection. After 5 days on Cipro, I feel the sinus infection is pretty much gone, but there is a lump on the upper part of gums, near the jaw line that is painful and swollen. Do I see a doctor, do I go to a dentist? Where to turn as this pain keeps me up at night and is just awful....Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Dental Implants - Sinus Lift: 2-3 years ago, I had 3 implants on the upper left side. They were fine for a few months but then began to feel uncomfortable, one in particular. There is an ache, a fuzzy tingling feeling. This has been going on so long and the only thing that relieves it is a couple of glasses of wine. Pain killers don't seem to help. When the dentist removes the crowns and puts on some conical abutments with small temporaries the pain disappears but when the crowns go back the ache comes back. The dentist did a sinus lift when he placed them and I wonder if the problem is to do with that. I have also recently had a bone graft to see if that would help but it is just as bad if not worse. Do you have any advice.. no one here seems to know what to do when things go wrong. How easy is it to remove implants. I am sorry I had them done now as I cannot carry on as normal with this toothache. ....Visitor from Aylesbury Bucks UK     (answer)

  • Chronic Sinus Problems: On the upper right side of my mouth I had a tooth extracted, two root canals and a 5 tooth bridge. I have had a chronic sinus clearing problem and no one seems to be able to figure out the cause. Tooth #4 needed the root canal but was a difficult diagnosis. The side of my face hurt before it would rain and when I bit on anything, it felt like I was biting on a rock. The second tooth from the back was extracted. When I wake up in the morning I feel fluid in my cheek above the jaw bone. All xrays and CATscans are normal. Any idea what could be causing this? ....Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Loss of Smell and Sinus Problems After a Root Canal: Six (6) months ago I had a root canal performed on my upper right tooth next to my wisdom tooth. Once the procedure was over the Doctor told me that there was a problem with one of the nerves while performing the root canal. Well, as a result 1 week later I lost my sense of smell and now I have a problem with Chronic Sinusitus. I have been to two (2) different ENT Specialist and both have told me they could treat the sinuses but I will probably never smell again. I'm wondering if a nerve was damaged or if somehow something happened to my sinus cavity. What kind of a Doctor should I be seeing? ....Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Root Canal - Sinus Problems: I had a root canal on my upper left tooth, third from the front, around a year and a half ago. Since then I have had sinus problems and various colds. I have been experiencing extreme pain along with numbness in the three front teeth. I have taken more than a half a dozen rounds of antibiotics in the last year. This weekend the pain traveled to my cheek bone area and the left side of my nose. My eyes have swollen up along with my face. I am back on antibiotics and sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. What could this be? I am getting very concerned that no one will end this agony of mine. ....Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Sinus Lift: I have been told that I need a sinus lift in order to get two upper right implants. I am not comfortable with this. Are there other implant options available besides a denture or bridge? ....Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Trust my Dentist? I'm 27 and my upper wisdom teeth have just begun to break through the gum. My dentist recommended having them out - he would do it in his office under local anesthesia. He mentioned that it looks as if the roots have grown slightly into my maxillary sinuses and that this could cause minor complications. He acted as if it were no big deal. I already have some sinus problems as well as severe TMJ compression. Is this really just a minor procedure or should I see someone maybe a little more specialized due to the involvement of my sinuses? What is the risk of having permanent problems in this situation? ....Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Implants and Sinuses: I am interested in implants as I am missing teeth along my smile line. However, my dentist says that my sinuses have dropped and suggests a partial. Is there a surgical remedy for the sinus issue that will allow me to move forward with the implants? ....Visitor from WA D.C.     (answer)

  • Sinus Infection due to Infected Teeth? I have had constant recurring sinus infections for about 6 months. When I cough or sneeze due to mucous draining down my throat my forehead throbs and also the back of my neck or lower head. I have some capped front teeth that are bothering me also. Could this be related? I've been on antibiotics from my MD for 3 weeks and now 1 week off the antibiotics it is returning again. ....Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Implants and Sinuses: Having lost 3 teeth in my upper left jaw my specialist has recommended implants. Another specialist however informed me that you have to be careful not to drill into the sinus cavity. My specialist says that's not really a concern - is this true? ....Visitor from Maidenhead Berkshire UK     (answer)

  • Wisdom Tooth - Sinus Cavity: When I was 29 I had 3 of my wisdom teeth removed (they were all impacted). The 4th one which is the upper left The dentist did not remove because it is sitting on top of a molar, impacted with a cyst. The dentist said it's too close to the sinus cavity. I am now 42 and have chronic sinusitis. Can this tooth be removed by an oral surgeon assisted by an ENT? Could this tooth be aggravating the sinuses? ....Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Root canal and sinus pain and pressure: I have an upper tooth (in front of wisdom) with a crown that has had a root canal. My problem is after I had the root canal finished, I have had terrible sinus pain and pressure. This has been going on and off for over a year. It feels like my tooth roots are in my sinuses. Should I just have this tooth removed? ....Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Wisdom Tooth causing Sinus Problems? I am 25 and I feel my top wisdom tooth is coming in on my left side on the top of my mouth. I have been having extreme pain on my cheek, the side of my neck and the side of my head. Sometimes I have pain in my sinuses as well. Is this because of my tooth? Can wisdom teeth cause pain on the side of my head, and give me sinus trouble? ....Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Sinus Lift caused by jawbone deterioration? I have 2 missing upper right molars. I'd like to get implants. The dentist that did the last extraction said that I need a bone graft for the first extracted tooth which was extracted less than a year ago. He said my sinus needs to be pushed up before the implant can be placed there. Can there be that much bone loss that quickly? He also said that if I only get one implant and then get a bridge again that the one implant will move. Is that true? ....Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Repairing Sinus Cavity Perforation: I had #14 tooth removed. Now my sinuses are leaking through my tooth hole. I now am told the tooth extraction caused a hole to my sinus. Is this easy to rectify or will I now have sinus problems forever? I am also told I need a small surgery to close the hole. ....Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Implants - Sinus Pain: My mother had two dental implants 4 months ago and has suffered agonizing, almost daily sinus pain ever since. It is worse when her allergies are acting up. The dentist "lifted" the sinus over one of the implants, but did not do it with the other because it went into a bone. Is there any remedy for this? Will it get better? ....Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Sinus infection and TMJ: It seems like everytime I get a sinus infection my teeth on the right side of my mouth will not close down. Can a sinus infection cause the TMJ to do this? ....Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • Implants and sinuses: About 2 years age I had 4 titanium implants implanted, 2 on both upper sides. I have been experiencing horrible pain to both sides of my head, high sensitivity to nose, also pain to right side of my jaw. I at times cannot eat and the pain is worse than a toothache. I have gone back to my dfentist and periodontist and they have me going in circles. Can the chances be that they probably damaged a nerve ot my sinus cavity? Ultimately I have gone to see a ENT doctor and he took a CT of the sinus. I should be getting results pretty soon. I don't know what is going on. ....Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Wisdom Tooth: My husband recently had his wisdom teeth removed. The upper left ended up going into his sinus. It's still there. What problem can occur from this and is this normal? What should be our next steps? ....Visitor from TN     (answer)

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