Recently I had to get some dental implants placed on the top. I have never had sinus issues. But since then, I have had this annoying sinus pain, pressure, and several sinus infections. I’ve been treating the sinus symptoms with medication but nothing seems to be helping. When I talked to my dentist asking if there is any way that my sinus pain and the dental implants could be related, he said absolutely not. I am just not sure I believe him. Like I said, I’ve never had any sinus issues in the past. Is there something wrong with me? Should I seek another opinion? Have you ever heard of something like this? Each time I see the dentist, he says go to a general physician. Then, the doctor sends me back to the dentist, all the while I feel terrible.
– Jena in Wisconsin
First things first, sorry you’re going through this. Sinus infections are the pits. Do you know if your implant dentist took steps to diagnose the infections with an x-ray or CT scan? A CT (three-dimensional) scan is the best way to get a full picture of what is going on. Nerves, the sinus cavity, and exact dental implant placement can all be clearly examined with this scan which is becoming the standard of care in the industry. So if your dentist hasn’t done a CT scan, it may be time to seek a second opinion.
At this point, finding a new implant dentist is an option or scheduling an appointment with an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor. Either one of these routes should shed more light on your situation. You need a proper diagnosis to help determine next steps.
There are horror stories of dental implants impinging or damaging delicate sinus cavities. But don’t jump to conclusions. Get the diagnosis and go from there. Good luck!
This post is sponsored by Barrington dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS