Root canal therapy is a very common restorative procedure. Each year in the United States, dentists perform millions of root canals because this treatment is the best way to save a tooth after it has been severely damaged.
Though most root canal procedures resolve without any issues, there are some potential complications, such as having sinus issues after a root canal.
Think you may have sinus issues as a result of root canal therapy? Dr. Smith and the Seattle team at Aurora Dental Care want you to know the signs and what to do to solve the problem.
What Causes Sinus Problems After A Root Canal?
If you’ve recently had a root canal and you’re having sinus issues, don’t panic! Minor sinus issues are quite common after these procedures. The lining of the sinus is quite thin, and after root canal therapy, there can be “communication” (a very small hole) between the mouth and the sinuses.
Over a period of 2-3 days, this will heal on its own, and you should no longer have any issues. However, if you notice sinus problems for more than 3 days, you may need to see a doctor to make sure your sinuses are healing properly.
However, sinus problems can be caused by other dental issues. If another one of your teeth is infected, or the infection of the treated tooth is not completely removed during your root canal therapy, the infection can continue to abscess.
This infection will build up pus in the tip of the tooth, which may drain into the sinuses. Common symptoms of this include a constant runny nose, clogged sinuses on one side of the face, or a “musty” or metallic smell in the nose.
Sinus issues can also occur if the dentist who performed your root canal punctured the lining of your sinus during the procedure. However, this is very rare. If you suspect this has happened, you should find a new endodontist for treatment.
What Should I Do If I’m Having Sinus Problems After A Root Canal?
The best thing to do is to see a dentist! If you visit your medical doctor or general practitioner, they will typically prescribe antibiotics or decongestants, which will only help address the symptoms.
Signs of sinus issues after a root canal include:
- Pressure and discomfort
- Post-nasal drip
- Strange tastes or smells
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith right away. An experienced endodontist like Dr. Smith will quickly recognize the problem and provide the treatment you need to relieve your sinus issues.
Sinus Issues After A Root Canal? Contact Us Today!
If you’re having sinus problems after a root canal in Seattle, Greenwood, or Northgate, a consultation with Dr. Smith, and experienced endodontist, is the first step to relief. At Aurora Dental Care we’ll give you the care you need to restore the health of your sinuses and mitigate pain and discomfort.
Contact us at (206) 729-0273 to get started, or come to our office at 10314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133 for an in-person consultation. We hope to see you soon!