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Polyps after a dental bone graft

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Posted by: 4thcanal  (9 years ago)

One of my bottom left molars was fractured. The dentist performed a root canal on this tooth. After a week, I developed an abscess on the gums around it. The dentist said the tooth was badly infected and it has to be pulled. He referred me to an oral surgeon.

The oral surgeon extracted the tooth. He performed a bone graft after and sealed it with a membrane. After a month, I developed polyps in my left nasal passage into my throat. I am currently taking antibiotics for this.

Could this be caused by the infection from the extraction site? What are the indications that the bone graft failed? Please advise me! I want to have all these problems solved before I get implant. Thank you for your help!
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
Hey 4thcanal,

Currently, there is no evidence that links an extraction infection to the occurrence of nasal polyps. While researchers have not discovered all the causes for nasal polyps, the following are some of the documented factors that lead to it:

Aspirin sensitivity, chronic sinus infections, cystic fibrosis, allergic rhinitis, asthma, exposure to chromium, acute and chronic infections, etc.

Chronic infection is the closest to a reasonable guess, but it is still illogical and lack evidence. Since you have been prescribed antibiotics, my best bet is that you suffer from chronic sinusitis and if you do, a sinus infection has nothing to do with a bone graft performed on a lower molar.

I don't think there is anything to worry here. Rest assured, I'm positive that you should go ahead and get that implant done. Good luck!!