TL;DR - I'll be posting under the influence of Percocet due to oral surgery either later today or tomorrow. Stay tuned for hilarity! I'm having multiple teeth extracted and a sinus lavage today. If medical talk makes you squeamish, you should probably stop reading. Disclaimer: I'm a lot of things, but I'm not a dentist. Or a doctor. I've never even been in a Holiday Inn Express. I'm just a guy in pain. Apologies to the professionals if I get any terms wrong. I've been having problems for 15-20 years ever since I got kicked in the teeth sparring when I did martial arts. Many root canals ensued, I've had cracked teeth, multiple re-treatments, apicoectomies, extractions, and all on the same row of teeth - it wasn't good. That one kick has probably cost me $40,000 over the years. Over the past 5 or so years I've been complaining of constant pain and pressure. ENT says it's fine, must be teeth. Dentist takes x-rays, says it's fine, must be sinuses (sinus looked clogged on x-ray). Regular doc says it might be tri-geminal neuralgia. Sigh. This went round and round. I'd finally beg for antibiotics because I was symptomatic for a sinus infection, and the pressure/pain would go away. Then, a few weeks or months later it would come back and I'd start all over. A month or so ago I went to the dentist complaining of the same thing again. This time, though, he had a new CBCT machine (think mini CAT-scan). For the first time ever, we had the ability to navigate my sinuses in 3D. Years ago I'd had a full-blown CAT scan, but they found nothing. Sadly, I never got to see those scans - only the report (I hate that). This time, I not only got to see the scans, I got a copy of the software and all my data. Being the nerd that I am, I set out to learn how to use the software. One of the teeth had a root canal years ago where the roots were treated. The problem is, there was an additional root that was was perfectly hidden by one of the other ones on the 2D x-ray. That untreated root remained infected, and the infection progressed for years. I'm not kidding when I say the dentist x-rayed that tooth 10 times over the course of 2 years. The infection ate away the bone, and managed to get to the sinus. That left me with this. This is my face from the left side. Front is on the left in the pic. The giant blob with the "28.0mm" label over it shouldn't be there. That should be black, empty sinus space. The oval shaped circle around the tooth root near the "10.3mm" line should also not be there. There are already teeth missing because of my recurring problems. The last one to come out had the outside roots perfectly broken, which was never clear until they were outside of my head. That was actually what made me realize that it was the kick that started it all. There's a giant bag of shmutz (my dentist's term) in my sinus. ENT says it's probably an inflammatory polyp, and that it will likely go away after removal of the source infection. Though the pic shows a tooth with a post in it, that's apparently not the root that's causing the problem. Seen from another angle (bottom-up), the right sinus (the one on the left in the pic) is empty and clear. The other one is filled with evil that must be exorcized. I'm hoping this fixes me up, because I'm tired of feeling sick all the time. Once I get all the crap cleaned out, it'll be implant city for GAD. Yay! More surgery. Moral: Take care of your teeth, and by "take care of", I mean try not to get kicked in the teeth by a 2nd degree black belt.