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    Old 08-05-2006, 08:27 PM   #1
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    bone infection after wisdom tooth extraction that punctured sinuses?

    Hi, I hope I am picking the correct forum to post this. A good friend of mine has had an ongoing problem with her upper left wisdom tooth extraction site and her left sinuses. When she had her wisdoms extracted, her upper left became painful and she said the oral surgeon gave her an antibiotics prescrip and told her to lightly gargle with saltwater while she was taking the antibiotics. She followed the surgeons orders and upon gargling, the salt water began to run out of her left nostril like a faucet that is turned on full force. She said that she called the surgeon and he got edgy with her and only told her to stop gargling with the saltwater and let it heal up. She said that after a week or two the pain went away but about 6 or so months after that she began getting horrible migraine headaches and sinus pain. She said she forgot about the complication she had had with her upper left extraction at the time and failed to mention it to her MD. When she went to her MD, he told her it was probably allergies or a sinus infection so he gave her antibiotics and allergy meds to take. I guess neither helped so she told the MD so throughout the next several years he began trying her on different antibiotics and allergy meds. He also had her get an MRI done because at one point she was getting numbness and tingling on the left side of her head and her left cheek bone, in particular, along with the severe pain that had gotten worse since first going to the MD. Multiple Sclerosis, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Cancer were all ruled out. She just ended up deciding to live with it. The pain would come and go. It would be excruciating pain for a few days, then the pain would disappear altogether for a few weeks before coming back again with a vengeance. Now, several years later, she is now in horrible pain almost everyday, nonstop and she said that she feels warmth over her left cheekbone. The gum area where the wisdom tooth had been extracted is tender to the touch, she gets pains in her lower left sinus area, right below the cheek bone. She has worked with the ent specialist in the past and the only thing he sees wrong is a slight deviated septum, which, he didn't think was the true cause of all the pain she was having. Now, when she gets the pain she complains of feeling sick to her stomach and she is tired ALL the time. And what's worse is that her left cheekbone sticks out a full 1/4 inch further than her right cheek bone!! I am so scared for her. Could this be an underlying infection that has spread to the bone? If so, what would be her next step, as in, what type of specialist should she go to for this? What types of tests or x-rays should she be getting? If I posted this in the wrong forum, please feel free to direct me to the appropriate forum so I can repost it. Thanks so much.


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    Old 08-06-2006, 03:29 PM   #2
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    I am very sorry for what's happened to your friend. It does sound like she has an unresolved, underlying infection as a result of the wisdom tooth extraction. And she is not alone. There are a lot of people who have sustained long lasting pain and illnesses as a result of dental treatments, either by negligence or incompetency of dentists, or sometimes just plain bad luck. The treatment of wisdom teeth has been controversial, and unfortunately a lot of patients are not aware of the risks that are associated with the extractions. They just usually trust what their dentists say and go with the extractions. Majority of the time, there is no complication with the procedure and people soon go on their merry way, but for the unlucky few, it could be life changing. I am sorry to hear that your friend was not treated with care and professionalism from her treating OS at times when she was most needed, sadly, however, that is fairly common. When things go wrong and the patients come back about it, these dentists are not about to admit nor assume any responsibilities. They just want you to go away and never to bother them again, for as long as they shall live. Maybe this is why they were so apt to show their irritation to the complaining patient because, to show concern or validation of the patients' trouble, is, to them, admitting guilt and assuming further responsibility. Little did they think about, because of just this kind of mistreatment from them, they are leading the patient to file a neglience lawsuit against them.
    If you do a search on lingual or inferior alveolar nerve damage, you shall find a lot of helpful information as well as guide you to forums that your friend shall find a lot of people who can relate to her. Best of luck to your friend.

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    hi..[removed] and i have the same hurts a lot...and my right cheek bone is huge...i had a biopsy ....and im on anti biotics...plz help

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