I am worried my sinus was perforated during my wisdom tooth extraction. When I flush the area a yellow discharge comes out. I also feel pressure on the side of my nose, which I’m assuming is the sinus. Is this a sign something is wrong?
Wisdom tooth extractions are often necessary. While a nuisance, most cases end up just fine. So, how do you know if something is going wrong with yours? The first thing I’d ask you is if the pain is lessening. If it’s not or if it is increasing that could be a sign of an infection. A fever would also be a bad sign.
Having yellowish discharge is not necessarily a sign of sinus perforation. One certain way to know is if when you flush the area water comes out of your nose. This doesn’t seem to be happening to you, which tells me the membrane is still intact. If you still need to flush the site, that’s fine, but be careful. You want to do it gently so you don’t rupture that membrane.
Another thing to be wary of is removing the blood clot. You actually want that to stay in place because, as the extraction site heals, this will be what helps the bone formation.
See Your Dentist for any Warning Signs
There are times you’d need to go back and see your dentist. You don’t want anything to turn into a dental emergency.
- Signs of infection, such as a fever or foul-smelling discharge
- Increase in pain
- Signs of sinus perforation
Best of luck to you. Keep in communication with your dentist and you should be fine.
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