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June 6, 2022

Sinus Pressure Causing You Tooth Pain?

Woman holding her jaw due to tooth pain from sinus pressure

Is sinus pressure a problem for you? In that case, you probably know that the pain is sometimes unbearable. Sinus pressure isn't just an inconvenience. It can cause you to experience pain during eating, loss of sleep, and overall discomfort. The inflammation and swelling of the sinus cavities caused by seasonal allergies and sinus infections can cause toothaches. Swelling can, in turn, put pressure on the teeth below the nasal passages. Pain results as a result. Most often, the pain is felt in the back teeth of the upper jaw, which are closest to the sinus cavity.

The Difference Between a Sinus Toothache and a Regular Toothache

Not all pain is the same. In general, a toothache unrelated to sinus problems will affect only one tooth. On the other hand, you may feel discomfort in several teeth if you have a sinus toothache, especially in the back teeth or upper molars. Tenderness or pressure around the forehead or eyes, a nasal drip that tastes unpleasant, discolored, and thick mucus, sore throat, ear discomfort, and inability to taste or smell are all common symptoms of a toothache accompanied by sinus difficulties. A person's nasal cavity causes discomfort across the entire face, head, and neck area, while a toothache may stem from decay, damage, or sensitivity in one tooth.

Should You See a Dentist or a Doctor?

Consult your doctor if you're sure the pain is due to sinus inflammation. The doctor will prescribe or suggest over-the-counter or prescription medication that should relieve sinus pressure and clear your sinuses. It's possible that there is something else causing your tooth pain if you're not sure what's causing it, or if it persists after your sinuses have cleared up. To determine if your toothache is caused by decay, abscesses, or breakage, your dentist will take X-rays and examine your mouth. You can consult your doctor about sinus treatment if your dentist gives the all-clear.

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