I had all my top teeth removed and the dentist apparently did not tell me that one of the teeth perforated my sinus cavity. I only found out because the area became infected. Is this normal? What do I do now?
While I would not say this is normal, it does happen in during tooth extractions. Some patients have roots very close to their sinus cavity and it can lead to complications during the extraction process. That being said, your dentist violated common procedure by not telling you that this happened right away. There are protocols he needed to inform you about in order to give the best outcome and help the area heal.
My suggestion at this point is you see an ENT and have them look at the area to see what will facilitate healing the best. I also feel your dentist should pay the cost for this. If he would have addressed the issue with you right away, this may have been preventable. Now you’re stuck with a dental emergency.
If he has not already, ask him to put you on an antibiotic to stop any infection from spreading while you get the treatment you need.
One other quick point I’d like to make. You did not mention whether you are planning to replace your upper teeth with removable dentures or dentures anchored with dental implants. If you are just getting straight dentures, then your dentist should be adequate. However, if you are planning on getting implant-supported dentures, I’d look for a different dentist to do that procedure. It’s fairly advanced with much more potentially serious complications than you are currently facing. I’d feel more at ease if you had a better dentist in that case.
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