Suffering from sinus problems after your root canal surgery?
So you’ve had your root canal surgery. The hard part is over. You’re feeling a little stuffy and uncomfortable, but you figure that’s just part of it. Well, it’s not. Other than some tenderness in your gums, or minor tooth sensitivity, you shouldn’t experience any symptoms after a root canal.
Austin dentist Dr. Cynthia Graves warns that sinus problems similar to the common cold or allergies could be a serious issue.
The Sinus-Tooth Connection:
Much like how the ears, nose and throat are connected, so are your sinuses and teeth. There’s only a thin barrier of bone separating the sinuses from the dental canals of the upper jaw. Sometimes when that bone is breached, hypochlorite seeps into the sinuses and drips back into the patient’s mouth, leaving an unpleasant taste. Hypochlorite is a dental disinfectant solution, but the seeping and dripping can lead to swelling and facial pain. This is known as acute chemical sinusitis and should be taken seriously.
• Runny nose
• Pressure or congestion in the face and nose
• Symptoms similar to eye and nasal allergies
• Sinus drainage
• Symptoms similar to the common cold
Wait for improvement? Absolutely not!
Don’t hesitate to follow up with your dentist or specialist when you notice the symptoms. You may only need antibiotics and decongestive therapy. However it may be necessary to close the breach, which requires further consultation.
Dr. Graves is a highly recommended family dentist offering comprehensive dental care, including the treatment of gum disease, cavity fillings, dental crowns, restorative dentistry and preventative care. Through continuous learning and a gentle touch, she can advise on and treat any oral health issue you experience. Consult with Dr. Cynthia Graves today!