If you’ve recently received a dental implant and have begun experiencing new breathing problems or nasal congestion, it may be time to call Dentistry of Miami. One common complication of receiving dental implants is a condition known as a perforated sinus. Dental implant surgery requires adjusting the size of your palette, which can sometimes result in the membrane becoming perforated. Thankfully, Dentistry of Miami has the experience and equipment to treat this condition and relieve discomfort.
Why Do Dental Implants Sometimes Cause A Perforated Sinus?
Sinus perforation sometimes occurs with dental implants when a clot cannot form and seal a hole created during the procedure. This hole, or perforation, occurs in the membrane that separates your maxillary sinus from your oral cavity. This perforation introduces new pathways for bacteria to enter the sinus, which can lead to sinus infections. These infections can become uncomfortable or even painful.
There are some clear indicators that let you know if you’ve experienced sinus perforation following a dental implant procedure. If you’re experiencing any of the following, it’s time to give our team a call:
- Nasal Congestion – Nasal and sinus issues such as congestion, a runny nose, or infection often appear with a perforated sinus.
- Pain – You may experience varying degrees of discomfort in the upper jaw, teeth, or sinuses following a perforation. This pain often appears alongside tenderness and feelings of pressure in the sinuses.
- Difficulty Breathing – When your sinus cavity becomes punctured, breathing clearly through your nose can make it difficult. It can be even more difficult if the membrane begins to swell in response to infection.
- Bleeding – In severe cases of sinus perforation, you may find blood appearing from the nose or near the implant sight. You may notice it near the implant site due to a coppery taste in your mouth.
- Loss Of Smell – Severe sinus infections can result in a temporary loss of smell and taste.
Sinus perforations occur when the floor of the sinuses, known as decubitus, is broadened during the dental implant procedure. This broadening can create a gap between the oral cavity and the sinuses. This gap cannot be closed effectively by clotting, leading to the formation of a hole. Certain precautions are taken before the procedure to limit the risk of perforation, such as measuring the thickness of the membrane with an X-ray or other imaging tool. The dental implants are also carefully sized to help limit the instances in which these perforations occur.
Contact Dentistry of Miami For Your Dental Implant Needs
Our team is there whether you’re preparing to receive dental implants and want a team of experts you can rely on or suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of a perforated sinus. Our team proudly serves Miami, FL, and surrounding communities with exceptional dental care and post-care options. You can experience the Dentistry of Miami difference by calling (305) 598-2622 and scheduling your first appointment and consultation. Together we’ll identify your oral health concerns and develop an approach to treatment that will address all of your concerns.