Root canal therapy is the best way to save an infected tooth, remove the source of the infection, and eliminate the pain and discomfort of a toothache. But if you’ve recently had a root canal performed on one of your upper teeth, and you are experiencing sinus issues, it may be a result of your treatment
The team at River Park Dental wants to keep our patients well-informed about all dental health issues. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re having sinus problems after a root canal:
Don’t Panic – Sinus Issues Are Not Uncommon After A Root Canal
First things first, don’t panic. Some minor sinus issues can occur after a root canal on one of your upper teeth. This is because the sinus lining is very thin, and it’s quite close to the roots of your teeth.
While cleaning the roots of your teeth and disinfecting them, a careless or inexperienced dentist may have accidentally caused what’s known as a “sinus communication.” This means that they may have opened up a tiny hole in the sinus lining. The symptoms of this include congestion, a runny nose, or feeling fluid enter your nose while drinking.
Because the sinus lining is so delicate, even a tiny slip or puncture could cause it to rupture. However, this is nothing to worry about. If this is what’s happened to you, your sinus lining will heal on its own after a few days.
Assess Your Symptoms After A Day Or Two – And Know When To See A Doctor
If you’ve experienced a minor sinus communication, your symptoms should improve after a day or two. If they don’t, this could indicate that the puncture is too large to heal naturally. If this is the case, you should see an experienced dentist, like Dr. Niaz Ahmed of River Park Dental.
In addition, you should see a dentist right away if you notice the following symptoms:
- Any kind of serious pain or discomfort near the surgical site, or in the sinus
- Bleeding or pus
- A metallic or unpleasant taste in the mouth and nose
If you notice these symptoms, your root canal may have been performed improperly. In addition to damaging your sinus lining, the infection may not have been removed.
Know When To See The Dentist If You’re Experiencing Sinus Issues After A Root Canal
While minor problems with your sinuses are common after a root canal, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you think that your root canal was performed improperly by your dentist, and you’re looking for a second opinion, come see Dr. Ahmed right away.
Dr. Ahmed is an experienced endodontist. He can help restore your sinus lining, and ensure that your tooth infection is treated properly. For a consultation, contact us at (860) 785-8496, or come to our office near Wethersfield, Hartford, and Cromwell. Our address is 1111 Cromwell Ave, STE 203, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067.