I have a lingering sinus infection after wisdom teeth removal. Since I always need sedation at the dentist, resolving this issue will be stressful. In mid-February, I had two wisdom teeth removed. My cheek swelled afterward, and I had pus-like fluid coming from my nose and one of the extraction holes. My oral surgeon said my sinus was punctured. She gave me a prescription for Augmentin for swelling.
I was in so much pain that I went back to the office. She did a CT scan and said I had an infection. Now I have another drug – this time a Z-Pack to clear up the infection. I still have that pus-looking fluid coming out of the hole, and it has not entirely healed. My left sinus hurts a little and always feels like there is pressure. I called the office, and the surgeon prescribed a nose rinse. I also use Flonase. I think that the oral surgeon doesn’t know what she is doing, and I will need to see an ENT. I have a follow-up appointment next week. How long will this continue? I am tired of taking antibiotics. I hope I don’t need another dental procedure. Thanks. Kamil from AL
Dr. Sirin would need to examine the extraction site to determine why the infection lingers. But there are some unusual things about your case.
The treatment for sinus perforation and infection may include the following:
Flonase is a corticosteroid that reduces sinus inflammation, which you need to reduce swelling.
Although it seems that your oral surgeon has taken the proper precautions and the infection is healing, you need to tell her that you still have a sinus infection. She will likely extend the antibiotic prescription. Although you may not want to take antibiotics, eliminating the infection can help you avoid a dental emergency. It is unlikely that you need to see an ENT or have an additional procedure that requires sedation to calm your anxiety.
This post is sponsored by Elgin, Illinois, dentist Dr. Steve Sirin.