I went to an emergency dentist because of a painful molar. He told me the tooth was beyond repair and needed to be extracted. I wasn’t surprised and agreed. I used sedation because I wasn’t interested in being awake for the procedure. I didn’t feel right from the get-go after it was done. I told them the next day and they said to give it time. After that, I developed a fever and called them back. They called in an antibiotic. Neither phone call did they mention anything went wrong during the extraction. I started tasting something weird and told them I was coming in and needed them to look. That’s the first time they mentioned the sinus had been perforated. He even got some bone pieces out of it. I thought I’d be fine after that, but it’s been almost two weeks and I’m in worse pain than ever. I don’t trust the dentist. What do I do?
What an awful experience. First and foremost, your emergency dentist should have told you about the sinus perforation. There are protocols that are supposed to be in place to aid the healing in those situations and it doesn’t sound like your dentist followed any of those. When he didn’t tell you, he put you at greater risk of making the situation worse. In these cases, you’d need to avoid putting pressure on the area by blowing your nose, etc.
What you need to do is see an ENT right away with an emergency appointment. Tell him what happened and he should see you right away. You’re on the wrong antibiotic. With the right one, you should have felt better within just a couple of days. Make sure he knows that and switches you.
When the proper protocol is followed these usually heal up quite well. Unfortunately, you’ve been denied proper treatment and the infection has progressed quite far. It’s possible you’ll need surgery. If you do, I’d expect the emergency dentist to pay for it.
What to do Following Healing
Once the healing is complete, you won’t want to leave that area open. Your teeth need an opposing force. Without that, the teeth on the opposite arch will grow out to try to “touch” the tooth that’s now gone. It will become painful and unsightly, throwing off your whole bite.
Ideally, you’d get a dental implant. These are wonderful tooth replacement options, which are the closest to having your natural, healthy tooth back. Though, there are occasions when a dental bridge may make more sense.
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