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   My Dentist did not warn me & broke off part of my Jaw while extracting a Tooth a rear Molar...this has caused an oral-antral fistula.  Should I press charges or something I have never had Dental Complications before? Thank You for Answering.

David-this is a difficult question for me to answer  without, at least, viewing an Xray of the area.  The dentist should have warned you in advance of the difficulty of the extraction, the possibility of injury to the sinus and any other possible problem that might occur during the extraction.

You need to see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to help in closing the hole into your sinus a allowing it all heal.  Your dentist should assist in helping you find a board certified surgeon.  Arranging for a legal evaluation is not a bad idea.  

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon 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 practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at 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 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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