I can’t believe what is happening to me and don’t know if I can trust my dentist. I went in for an extraction. A few days later I started feeling poorly and feeling “pops” in my nose. I called the dentist worried it had something to do with the extraction. They told me to get a decongestant. No mention of anything else. Then I developed a fever. My dentist’s office was closed, but I was in pain and called an emergency dentist. He had me come in and examined me. He feels my dentist perforated my sinus. He prescribed me an antibiotic and said I should be feeling better within a few days. He wants me to follow up with my regular dentist to get this treated properly. I’m not sure I trust my dentist anymore. Is there anyone else I could follow up with this? Could I just go back to the emergency dentist?
Liv T. – Mississippi
I understand your concern with your dentist. It sounds like he did several things wrong. Though it sometimes happens that a sinus is perforated, the patient should be notified right away as well as given instructions on how to aid its healing, including things like being extra careful not to blow your nose.
When you called, they should have had you come in to check for signs of infection. Thankfully, you went to see this emergency dentist. He sounds very thorough and competent and likely saved you from a serious infection.
You can follow up with the emergency dentist. Many sinus perforations heal well on their own. Occasionally, one will need help with surgery. If that’s they case, the dentist will refer you to an ENT surgeon.
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