Oral Surgery/Calcified spot in jaw on x-ray
I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted almost a month ago. The surgeon used an x-ray that I had done in July, 2012. After I had persistent sinus issues on one side following surgery, the surgeon did an x-ray to check on my sinus. When he did the follow-up x-ray, a calcified spot showed up in my jaw that was not there a year ago. He recommended that I have it out while I'm already under anesthesia to try to clear out whatever is irritating my sinus. He told me that it was most likely a supernumerary molar and that he didn't think it could be cancer.
I just wanted to know whether it is definitely a tooth forming. What else might it be? Do I definitely need to have it out, or should I ask for further investigation first?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Lacey - First of all, the calcified spot is on the lower jaw and the sinus is located in the upper jaw. Not having examined you, I am questioning why the surgeon would link the calcification of the lower jaw to a problem with the sinus. There are actually two calcified areas in the same region. One could be a supernumerary tooth, but the second is a piece of the wisdom tooth root that was broken off during the extraction of the wisdom tooth.
Without examining you I cannot be sure, but I don't understand how the doctor links the root tip and the supernumerary tooth to the sinus. On the there is a questionable area at the upper tooth extraction site. Did a hole into the sinus occur during the extractions? I just cannot tell you without examining you. My suggestion is that you get a second opinion from a different board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon near where you live. If you wish, you could get back to me, tell me where you live and I can send you names of board certified doctor to help define the cause of the sinus problem.
If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me again.