Do You Suffer From Sinusitis or a Toothache?

Do You Suffer From Sinusitis or a Toothache?

Posted by Del Rey Dental on Mar 21 2022, 08:52 PM

Do You Suffer From Sinusitis or a Toothache?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, which are air-filled passages connecting to the inside of the nose. Del Rey Dental is here to help you to solve your health issues. 

How Sinusitis Can Be Mistaken for Toothache

Most sinusitis cases are caused by an upper respiratory infection like a cold or flu. As previously stated, allergies and nasal obstructions can cause inflammation. An increase in pressure in the obstructed, swollen sinuses caused by allergic inflammation can cause pain.

The maxillary sinus is one of several sinus passages located behind the cheekbones. Your upper back teeth's roots are near the maxillary sinus. A build-up of fluid in this area can put pressure on the nerves in these teeth's roots. This pressure can cause toothache-like pain. The pressure inside the head causes tooth pain, but the brain cannot tell the difference.

Examine Your Symptoms

Upper tooth pain is a fairly common symptom of sinus disease. If you are unsure whether your tooth pain is caused by an abscess or a sinus infection, examine your symptoms. 

An abscess may cause these symptoms:

  • Pain or swelling
  • Gum inflammation
  • Fever with a bad taste in the mouth
Some sinusitis symptoms are:
  • Nose blockage or runny nose
  • Down your throat discharge
  • Sore throat and cough
  • Fever
  • Throbbing pain or a feeling of 'heaviness' behind the cheekbones
  • Headache or earache
  • Pain increases when you nod your head up and down

Pain on both sides of the face is common with a sinus-related toothache. Alternatively, try pressing down on your tooth. It is more likely referred pain from pressure in your head if it does not cause you immediate, intense discomfort.

Examine Your Past

The dentist knowing your history of toothaches and sinus infections may help in the diagnosis. Keeping a personal health journal of your symptoms may help you and your doctor determine the appropriate care and treatment.

Give it Some Time

Sinusitis-related tooth pain usually subsides or disappears after a few days. If the problem is caused by a tooth, there will be no improvement over time. Persistent tooth pain could indicate the presence of additional factors such as:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Cavities caused by bruxism (tooth grinding)
  • Abscesses in the teeth

A thorough exam allows Del Rey Dental to diagnose the problem and quickly return you to a pain-free life. We are located at 11525 Jupiter Rd #103, Dallas, TX 75218. Contact us at (469) 917-7444 to set an appointment.

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