I had my #1 and #16 extracted a few weeks ago. I'm not a dental expert, but I think it would be called a soft tissue impaction (my bill says "type I" impaction if that's a standard term). The oral surgeon said that everything should go smoothly and as far as I know, it did. I was on amoxicillin 500mg QID for 7 days post-extraction with no problems. That was 3 weeks ago. For the last 6 days or so, my face/teeth have been pretty sore, particularly on the top ("cheekbone", - bilaterally), although it's not very well-defined pain. I've also noticed EITHER taste disturbances (almost salty) OR some slight blood that I really do taste. I don't know which one. I stopped by my DDS's office on Weds pm, but he was at lunch. I haven't gotten a chance to go back, but I'm aiming for tomorrow, after my test. The pain seems much less in the AM, but right now it's a little hard to concentrate (I'm supposed to be studying for micro, how ironic). Anyway, my question is: "What is the likelihood that my pain is caused by a maxillary sinus infection, resulting from post-extraction complications?" I've heard of 3rd molars penetrating the sinus, but I have no idea how common it really is. I have never had a diagnosed sinus infection, and these antibiotics were the first I've been on in 15 years. Would the possibility of sinus involvement be evident on a panorex? I'll be sure to let you know the outcome. Thanks!