Root canals are the most common type of endodontic procedure. Root canal therapy is used to treat infected teeth, and around 15 million root canals are performed every year, by dentists such as Dr. Priti Naik.
Typically, a root canal will have very few negative effects. A little bit of bleeding and tenderness is common, but will typically resolve within a day or two. However, there are occasionally some complications, such as sinus problems.
The team at Priti Naik, DDS will look into why you might experience sinus problems after a root canal, and what you should do to solve your sinus problems in Vienna.
Understanding The Sinus-Tooth Connection
Your sinuses are separated from your mouth by just a thin layer of bone, and the roots of your teeth sit quite close to the sinus cavity. If a root canal is performed improperly, there is a chance that this layer of bone could be breached.
This usually results in a condition called “acute chemical sinusitis”. Hypochlorite, a dental disinfectant used during the root canal process, may leak into the sinuses, and drip back into the mouth.
Symptoms of acute chemical sinusitis include:
- Runny nose
- Unpleasant chemical taste in the back of the mouth
- Congestion and pressure in the nose and face
- Symptoms similar to eye/nasal allergies or the common cold
This condition is very serious. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your root canal was probably performed improperly, and you should see an emergency dentist such as Dr. Priti Naik to resolve your sinus problems in Vienna and Tysons Corner.
Do I Need A Dentist To Treat My Sinus Problems?
Absolutely. If you don’t immediately seek help from a dentist once you notice your sinus problems, you could be at risk of infection, and further damage to your sinuses.
The usual course of treatment recommended by a dentist will include flushing of the sinuses, as well as anti-inflammatory medication and decongestants. Over time, your sinuses will heal. But your dentist will want to keep a close eye on the health of your sinuses, and on your newly-completed root canal, to ensure that there are no additional issues.
In rare cases, surgery may be required to close the breach. But almost all sinus problems are resolved with antibiotics and decongestive therapy.
Experiencing Sinus Problems After A Root Canal In Vienna? See Dr. Priti Naik Now!
At the office of Dr. Priti Naik, we can treat sinus problems caused by root canal therapy. Our specialized endodontist, Dr. Kathy Le, is a member of the American Academy of Endodontics and has years of experience with root canals and their complications.
If you are experiencing sinus problems in McLean, Vienna, or Tysons Corner, see the doctors at Priti Naik, DDS right away. Contact us today for your appointment at (703) 293-5938 or visit our office at 8230 Boone Boulevard #320, Vienna, Virginia 22182.