I went to an emergency dentist because of a tooth which was bothering me. I got there and he said it needed to be extracted. I wasn’t completely surprised. It had been bothering me for ages and I kept putting off going. However, during the procedure, I could tell something went wrong because he swore.
However, he said everything is fine. The next day, I developed a fever. I called them and they called in an antibiotic. Several days later and I’m worse. At this point, I go to my doctor thinking it must be a sinus infection. He does an x-ray and tells me the dentist actually perforated my sinus cavity. My doctor dug out some bone from the area and put me on a different antibiotic. He thinks I should see and ENT. Do you think we’re on the right course now?
Your emergency dentist caused you some serious problems. Yes, I think you should see an ENT. While it’s not uncommon for the sinus to be perforated, there is a standard procedure on how to handle it to aid with healing. This likely would have healed on its own had he followed those. Instead, he tried to cover up his mistake and now you may need surgery to correct it. At the very least, he should have told you what happened straight away so you wouldn’t put any dangerous pressure on it by blowing your nose.
I also think your dentist should cover the cost of the ENT and any possible surgery.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
You mentioned the tooth had been bothering you for a while and you’d been avoiding it. There are usually two reasons people avoid the dentist. One is financial. But, as you’ve discovered, it usually ends up costing us more when we don’t get our teeth regularly looked at. In fact, in addition to the tooth extraction, you’re now going to need to pay for a tooth replacement such as a dental implant or dental bridge. That’s significantly more money than a checkup.
A second reason people avoid the dentist, which is harder to get past, is dental anxiety. It can be helpful to see a dentist who offers sedation options. This can truly help you feel comfortable at the dentist. In fact, depending on the level of sedation you get, you may find that you simply sleep through the appointment.
I have seen this change the lives of patients. They used to be afraid of going to the dentist, but now they actually look forward to it. Plus, because of regular appointments, their oral health has improved tremendously giving them confidence in their smile they didn’t have previously.
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