Sinus infection and inflammation can cause tooth pain.
If you have ever had a sinus infection, you will know that the issue can cause some serious discomfort. But did you know that problems that affect the sinuses — such as infection and inflammation — can actually lead to toothaches as well? In fact, tooth pain is often a symptom of sinusitis because pressure in the sinuses and drainage from infections can sometimes affect the teeth that are located at the back of the mouth near to the sinuses.
What are sinuses?
There are four sinuses that are located in the facial bones. They are essentially air-filled spaces that can be found near the eyes, forehead, and behind each of the cheekbones. The sinuses help to filter the air in the nasal cavity, and also produce mucus to drain and clean the nasal cavity and nose. The sinuses can become infected when they are blocked with fluid.
Sinus infections are often characterised by severe congestion and a feeling of pressure in the face and head. Because the upper teeth and jaw are located so close to the sinuses, pain can extend into these areas as well.
How do you know what kind of toothache you have?
In most cases, the symptoms of a sinus toothache are very similar to those of a regular toothache so it can be difficult to distinguish between the two. Both types of toothache can cause considerable pain and discomfort. A toothache that is related to a sinus infection or sinus inflammation is usually felt in the upper molars. Usually, discomfort can be felt in more than one tooth.
If your toothache is caused by an oral health concern, the pain is likely to affect just one tooth and may feel more intense than a sinus toothache. Certain movements may exacerbate the pain of a sinus toothache because sinus pressure can move with the movement of your body.
When should you see your dentist?
If you are suffering from tooth pain, as well as symptoms like facial tenderness; fever; earache; sore throat; thick mucus; and a bad taste in your mouth, it is possible that you have a sinus infection. In this case, it is advisable that you see your doctor so that they can confirm the diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan for you.
If, however, your toothache is not accompanied by any congestion or other sinus-related symptoms, you should see your dentist as it may be caused by a dental problem. It is especially important that you see your dentist if your toothache does not subside after a sinus infection has been resolved, or if you are suffering from severe and/or persistent pain.
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination and determine the cause of your pain. They will then let you know what kind of treatment is most appropriate for you.
How can we help?
The team at Crown Dental in Narre Warren offers a range of general dentistry services. If you are suffering from toothache, or would simply like to come in for a check-up and clean, we encourage you to get in touch. We are available to address a range of dental concerns and are available to answer any questions that you have regarding your oral health. Our general dental treatments are designed to improve and maintain your oral health so that you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for life.
Some of the general treatments that we offer include routine dental examinations; oral hygiene care education; professional clean and polishing; and x-rays. We also offer a range of cosmetic and orthodontic treatments, as well as anti-wrinkle treatments. To see our full range of services, please have a look here.
To arrange a consultation at Crown Dental, please get in touch here or give us a call on (03) 9989 2656.