Monthly Archives: March 2017

Emergency Dentist Perforated My Sinus

I’m so upset right now and out of options. I had an infection that spread to two molars. I went to an emergency dentist because I’m new to the area and didn’t have a permanent dentist yet. I’ve done this before in moves with great success. I even found my last dentist that way. This one was a disaster.

When I went in about my molars, he suggested I extract them. I was in so much pain at that point, I would have agreed to anything. He extracted them. He said the procedure went fine and sent me home.  A couple of days later my nose started making weird noises and feeling like it’s popping. I called the office. They suggested I take a decongestant. I did, but it got worse and I developed a fever. They called in an antibiotic, but it hasn’t helped. I went in and he told me the perforation of the sinus is infected. This is the first I heard anything about a perforation. They told me to keep taking the antibiotic. It’s been two weeks and I’m miserable. I’ve lost all faith in this dentist. What is my best option?

Gabriella F. – New Mexico


This has been a disaster, so I understand your hesitancy to trust this emergency dentist further. There are protocols for these situations, starting with informing the patient. Outside of it being the only right thing to do, you needed to be informed to be gentle with the site. Not blow your nose, things like that.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there are bone fragments that need to be removed. I’d like you to see an ENT in an emergency appointment. The first thing they’ll do is get you on the right antibiotic. It sounds like what they have you on isn’t working. That could take care of the problem depending on the severity of the infection and how far it’s progressed. If it’s gone too far, the ENT may need to do surgery to help it heal.

I’m sorry for this experience. I’m glad you’ve had positive experiences in the past.

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Is My Implant Causing the Bad Taste and Smell In My Mouth?

I’ve had an unending nightmare with my dental implant. First, it fell out. Then I had to get bone grafting somewhere else and then go back to him to have the implant re-done. Then I’ve been treated for infection after infection. It seems to be under control now, but lately I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth. And, to make matters humiliating, my boyfriend mentioned my breath has turned bad. My dentist said the implant is fine and to see a doctor. I’m having a hard time thinking the implant has nothing to do with it.

Beverly C. – Wisconsin


Wow! What a nightmare you’ve had.  I’d be interested to know what type of dental implants training your dentist has. This an advanced procedure and requires more knowledge than  just the basic training from dental school.

With your recurrent infections, I wouldn’t be so quick to brush off the dental implant as the cause of the smell and taste. It sounds like the infection could be rearing it’s ugly head again. If the infection takes hold, you could lose the implant…again. If so, that would mean starting over with bone grafting and then a new implant.

It would be a good idea to get a second opinion on this from another implant dentist. Find one with some expertise.

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