Tooth question: How do you tell a damaged root from a sinus infection? Also, I just had my wisdom teeth out.
On Tuesday I had all my wisdom teeth out.
At first, things seemed to be ok: less pain and swelling than I expected. I was vigilant about all the thngs you're supposed to do: cold packs, then hot packs, mushy food, salt rinses after 36 hours, and so on. I had a slight fever the second day, but that went away with sleep and Advil. I didn't even need the percocet after the first day.
Then, Thursday night, the pain started getting worse. It took a while to figure this out, but the pain actually seemed to be mostly in my upper right teeth. At about the same time, I started experiencing sinus problems. I'd been having a slight amount of pain/pressure at the top of my cheeks before the surgery, but this was now intensified. I feel a lot of pressure in my sinuses, and my ears are constantly popping.
The worst of the pain seems to be above teeth that are two and three teeth away from where the extracted wisdom tooth was. When I inhale deeply, or the pressure changes in my head, it feels like the nerves *above* my teeth are being jangled. This is unpleasant but not actually super-painful. Except that ever now and then, I get a very sharp pain in this area. Eating, or walking for more than a few minutes, results in a dull ache in all my back upper right teeth.
I went back to the surgeon who did my extractions and she's pretty convinced it's just the sinus infection. She prescribed some heavy-duty antibiotics and recommended I take a decongestant. These seem to be helping a bit, along with more advil.
However, I'm nervous because this reminds me a little bit of the pain I had before a root canal last year. I've read, though, that the pain of a sinus infection can be similar to the pain caused by damaged roots. And I suppose that an immune system weakened by surgery and general anesthesia (sp?) could result in a seriously painful sinus infection.
So, I was wondering if anyone out there regonizes these symptoms from a sinus infection? If the pain persists by Monday, I'll go to my regular dentist and get a diagnosis, but I thought maybe some first-hand experiences could hold me till then.