Let's be honest, going to the dentist is not something most of us look forward to, but it is necessary if you want to keep your smile intact. We all have a natural aversion to pain, and even with Novocaine, it is not unusual to experience some discomfort during a dental procedure. This is to be expected given that dentists use very sharp instruments when working on one of the most sensitive areas of the body.
As long as the dentist is careful, the results will be worth the white-knuckling we do while lying back in the chair. But if a dentist makes an error while using a dental tool, the patient could suffer a very painful and serious injury.
Your sinus cavity can be especially vulnerable to injury when a dentist performs certain invasive procedures. Composed of air pockets, the sinus cavity is located near the jaw. And when a patient is undergoing a tooth extraction or root canal, it is possible that the nasal cavity could be punctured as the dentist prods with his or her tools.
A punctured sinus cavity can cause very serious issues. Excess air and debris get into exposed sinuses, which can cause damage to the nose, eyes and even the brain.
The purpose of this post is not to instill you with further fear of dentists. In fact, a punctured sinus cavity caused by a dental procedure is actually an anomaly. But a puncture becomes far more likely if a dentist takes on a procedure that he or she lacks the ability to perform.
If your dentist should cause such an injury, he or she should be held accountable for damages. And if the dentist refuses to properly address the issue, you may want to have a dental malpractice attorney work on your behalf in the pursuit of appropriate compensation.