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Hi! I'm a 44 yo female. A week ago I had a sinus lift, bone graft and implant on the left upper jaw molar. I'm still taking pain killers, as the pain is pretty strong. On day 5 I could smell bad odor. Seen the doctor twice. The X-Ray is great. I'm taking ciprofloxacin. When I clean my nose there's some little blood. I know it's uncommon to have pain this long. This is my fifth implant- all of them were fine. After this molar was extracted, I was in much pain for more than a week too. Shall I ask the doctor to take the implant out?

Ann - I cannot be sure without examining you, but you are correct that the pain you are enduring is lasting too long.  The bad odor might be indicative that an infection in the sinus has developed.  You don't say the type of dentist who did this surgery, but if there is an infection in the sinus, a general dentist or periodontist should not be attempting to get rid of the infection.  Either see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon or an ENT doctor.  Sinus infections can become trapped in the sinus unless a proper opening for sinus drainage can be established.

You may need to lose the implant and the graft material in the sinus to eliminate the infection, but have one of the above doctors evaluate the area.  I wish you well and hope the infection and odor resolves soon.


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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I am available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicine for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor and State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA -University of Connecticut DMD - University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Awards and Honors
National Honor Society (OKU), Philadelphia County Dental Society, Mosby Book Award, Oral Surgery Honors, Summa Cum Laude

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