In rare cases the maxillary sinus (two hollow spaces in the bone on the sides of the nose above the maxilla) opens above a tooth extraction. This complication needs an immediate surgery (still it is not that dangerous and can easily be handled with modern methods).
There is a test to explore this issue, the so-called nose blowing test. Shut your nose by pressing the nostrils together, in the meanwhile press air into your nose. A whistling sound or bubbling on the site of the extraction refers to an open sinus which can easily be closed with a few stiches. These are the most obvious symptoms of this complication, so when you experience these at home during blowing you nose, contact us immediately. Please also contact our clinic if other suspicious or uncomfortable symptoms occur.