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Relief in breathing after a tooth extraction

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I have had nose surgery to open the airways due to having my nose broken several times. The surgery worked great. I can get air in through my nose but still have had blocked sinuses. many specialist just said it was the restricted airway. A week ago I had a lower molar tooth removed that had a cyst on it and had bee troublesome for roughly 15 years. I had it removed as it was so problematic i was often in pain and got infections etc. As soon as the tooth was removed i could breath like never before. It has been a week and I can still breath great!!! is this common? If so, why don't ENT doctors consider teeth as a possible cause? Not one specialist or ENT Dr. had ever mentioned or asked about teeth.

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replied January 29th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A9600
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.

You seem to be surprised at the relief in breathing that you have gotten from removal of a lower molar tooth.

It is a known fact that the infection or impaction of an upper molar tooth can cause sinusitis and related complications but any sinusitis due to the lower molar tooth infection is unheard of. That is probably why no ENT doctor told you so. The presence of sinusitis is also a feature of a deflected nasal septum in certain cases and that might have been initiated by the nasal fractures in your case due to altered anatomy of the airways. Once initiated, sinusitis can become chronic if not appropriately treated.

Hope this helps. Take care.

Note: This post is not to emphasize a final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is just to provide medical information and that no treatment suggested above be taken without a face-to-face consultation with a health care professional.

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