can orthodontic work damage sinuses

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by yoshi.mitsou, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. yoshi.mitsou

    yoshi.mitsou Guest

    I had braces as an adult to bring in two impacted canine teeth. Before
    the orthodontia I had colds each year that sometimes led to sinus
    problems but things always resolved within 2-3 weeks.

    During the orthodontic work and as the upper canine was positioned--it
    came down very, very quickly--I began having sinus problems. Because
    these problems hit during cold and flu season I did not make a
    connection between the sinus symptoms and the orthodontic work.

    However, after several months, the sinus problems continued, worsened,
    and have remained unchanged. It has now been 18 months since the
    impactions have been brought in and the braces removed. Still, I have
    chronic post-nasal drip. Which by itself isn't so horrible, but it
    causes a pretty bad cough and the cough brings on severe asthma
    attacks.

    I am working with an ENT who suspects that this is related to
    allergies. Which could well be the case. Certainly I know that I have
    allergies. But I've had allergies forever--the post-nasal drip, which
    is non-stop, started so suddenly that I find it hard to believe that
    it's allergies or that it's completely related to allergies.

    I made the connection to the orthodontic work when I looked at a
    timeline of the onset of symptoms and how those symptoms aligned with
    bringing in that upper canine. I'd mention this to my ENT but I wonder
    if it's completely left-field to correlate that work and my symptoms.
    Is it crazy?

    If there could be a relationship, how would I proceed wrt this? I just
    want to resolve the problem. I don't care about how it happened--just
    want to fix it. If something did result from the orthodontic work,
    would that be visible in the CT scan of the sinuses? I had two sets of
    scans and my ENT never mentioned anything abnormal except for lots of
    blockages, which she cleared up with medications.

    Where might I get more information about this? Thank you for any help.
    yoshi.mitsou, Apr 14, 2008
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  2. I cannot imagine any anatomical pathway for this to occur as a result of the
    canine movements or the procedure to expose them.

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    Amatus

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    Amatus Cremona, Apr 14, 2008
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  3. yoshi.mitsou

    Dartos Guest

    Amatus Cremona wrote:
    Agreed.

    D
    Dartos, Apr 15, 2008
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