Sinus Trouble and Tooth Pain

A funny thing happens when the pollen count has been elevated for a while. People with allergies make appointments with allergy doctors. You might also want to make an appointment with your family dentist.

Whether that runny nose or stuffed-up feeling is caused by tree pollen, mold or other irritants, it can lead to headaches, bad breath and toothaches.

The maxillary sinus cavity is situated above the upper molars. As sinuses become chronically congested, tissues swell and infection may ensue. Nerves get irritated and cause facial pressure and painful teeth.

Tooth pain also may be caused by decay, a loose filling, a cracked tooth or even an abscess or bone infection. These dental problems do not cure themselves. You’ll need to be evaluated and treated. Ignoring them could compound the problem or even put your life at risk.

If you have tooth pain, please don’t try to tough it out. Our dental team will do everything we can to alleviate the pain and get to the source of your discomfort. We will be as gentle as possible. Your exam will include taking a full medical history, taking the necessary X-rays and testing for sensitivity. This usually involves tapping the teeth. If several top back teeth are sensitive at the same time, we will check to see if your sinuses are involved. If several lower teeth ache at the same time, we will check to see how well your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are tracking.

Antihistamines, antibiotics, analgesics, warm compresses and nasal washes may be prescribed for sinusitis. Lifestyle modification may improve allergies and relieve intermittent sinus-related tooth pain. If needed, we will refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

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