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Old 04-12-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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After months of the most severe pain that nothing seemed to relieve, I finally have an answer.

The root of my bicuspid punctured through my sinus cavity due to my bite being to hard on that side after dental work was done two years ago. The fillings on my lower teeth were too high, causing my top teeth to hit the bottom teeth sooner on that side. It didn't help that I clench my teeth. (No grinding, just clenching.) Apparently many people naturally have some tooth roots in their sinuses, but mine punctured through which created a trauma that caused a huge blood clot to settle at the bottom of my sinus!

The blood clot will be removed, but that's only part of the problem and it's not an easy fix. There is a risk to a severe sinus infection if they pull the tooth and complications of the hole not closing.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:01 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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Good Grief!!! While I'm glad they found the problem, I hope the cure is as painless and quick as possible.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:27 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Wow, you know I knew that tooth infections can reach the sinuses, and I knew that drilling and implants on the upper jaw can cause sinus problems. I never thought that a natural tooth root could puncture through one. That's actually pretty cool (thought understandably painful). Are they going to try for a root canal to create a new, less invasive artificial root? Or will they try and carefully pry the old tooth out, allow the hole to heal (with copious antibiotic treatment), and then replace it with grafting and an implant? Having never heard of a root poking into a sinus like that, those would be my guesses on what they'd suggest.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:52 PM
 
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I let you know when I know. I have an appointment with a sinus specialist on Wednesday.

My teeth are in good condition. I hope I don't have to go without a tooth there.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:13 PM
 
Location: deep forest...BEARS?
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That sounds horrific. As someone who suffered from endless really bad sinus infections for years, I can sympathize. I would go back and forth from the dentist to the allergy/sinus dr. and each would tell me that it was the other that was causing the problem.

I lost a tooth due to sinus problems. I was in so much pain that the dentist extracted the tooth but it didn't make any difference at all! It WAS the sinus. For me, sinus surgery a few years ago solved everything.

There's a lot referred pain from sinuses to teeth and probably vice versa. Please keep us informed and good luck.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:24 PM
 
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Well, Hopes, that doesn't happen all of the time. I'll bet that you would have preferred to win the lottery.

I had a similar problem with a tooth (though no blood clot) years ago. It was a real nuisance. I know that I used to grind my teeth because it would wake me up. I also used to clench my teeth.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:39 PM
 
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For me, sinus surgery a few years ago solved everything.
How was the recovery for sinus surgery?

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I had a similar problem with a tooth (though no blood clot) years ago.
What was the treatment?
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