Hello. Thanks in advance for your time. I am writing because a 8 days ago I had a radicular cyst (biopsy confirmed) removed from my mandible. It was (theory) from a failed root canal 7 months ago. However, it grew quite large. The oral surgeon said it was the size of a half dollar. When he removed the cyst he was not sure if it was indeed a radicular cyst (as he expected) so he did not fill it with the bovine bone graft - for fear it was a more aggressive cyst/tumor. Well, all was fine in the recovery until day 4. I started to swell. I called and asked about it and they said just continue using heat packs and take your clindamycin antibiotic. Well, by that afternoon - I could see this was about to be an abscess. It began to drain blood and awful discharge. I got right into the doctor and he looked at it and said that I had a hematoma and the nurse gave me bad information and I drew the infection into the area. He cleaned it and told me to continue cleaning it with a syringe and antiseptic. He also taped the exterior of my jaw to prevent the area from becoming saturated again. I wore that tape for 3 days and returned. I told him it was still draining some, even with the tape on - but it was greatly reduced. He said great. He removed the tape and said you should be fine...come back in 4 days for another check. He just said I needed to continue a liquid diet. I have. But, about 4 hours after I left his office the area began to ooze again. He told me to press on it a little and allow it to drain and to keep cleaning it. I have... but now it's day 9 (5 days since the hematoma issue ) and it's still oozing. He says I just need to keep taking the antibiotics and let it run its course. I tape it up on my own, since I'm fearful of the area swelling so badly again.
Is he right? Is this the way it normally goes? He did tell me he thought I needed 2 more root canals on teeth surrounding the cyst removal....because they were "involved".