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Dry Socket with infection

My girlfriend had 4 teeth pulled to make way for some new dentures about 3 wks ago. The teeth were in the upper gums. One tooth was very close to the sinus cavity we found out after the dentist pulled it. The root had gone into the sinus cavity and left a open hole which got infected and caused a bad sinus infection. The dentist said that sometimes this happens and if the socket does not heal, then we will have to see an Oral Surgeon. Great! More money!.....:( She was very sick for a week because the infection in her sinuses was coming out the hole in her gum. The dentist gave her some antibiotics when I took her back for help. He then showed me the x-ray and he said the bone between her teeth and her sinuses was very thin. I would have thought at that point he would've talked to us about the risk.Not happy to say the least.The meds that the dentist didn't help and  I eventually had to take her to my doctor for stronger meds for the infection and for sleep. The dentist did not dress the socket like other people have mentioned. I also have to ask if anyone else on here had this problem and what did they do to take care of it?
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Thank you for your help! The socket seems to be healing after she took some antibiotics. The doctor said it could take a good while for the socket to completely close though
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Hi there,
The back teeth are in close proximation with the sinus. There is a thin bone separating the sinus from the roots of the teeth. It can happen during tooth extraction that a piece of bone comes along with the sinus in cases when the tooth is close to the bone because of infection. There can be perforation also. There can be fistulas also sometimes. Treatment involves use of antibiotics, sinus washings to cleanse the sinus from infection and other specific management depending on the situation. A dental examination is absolutely necessary. If you are not satisfied with your dentist’s opinion seek another opinion. I hope it helps.
Best luck and regards!
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