Dental Tips Blog

Jan
27

Sinus Pressure and Toothaches: Are they Related?

Do you experience toothaches in your upper teeth?  If so, are you also suffering from a cold, sinus infection or seasonal allergies?  If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, don’t assume the pain is coming from a problem in your teeth yet.

Sinus Toothache

Sinuses are the air-filled cavities, lined with mucous membranes above their upper teeth. When you get a sinus infection, the inflammation of the sinus can create symptoms of a toothache that throbs on more than one of your upper teeth. Thankfully there is nothing wrong with your tooth!

The tooth pain is caused from swelling and buildup of mucous, which builds pressure in the sinus cavities.  The nerve in the roots of your top teeth are very close to your top sinus cavity.  Your tooth nerves are affected by the pressure buildup in the sinus and you can feel tooth pain that closely resembles a classic toothache.

How Do You Treat Your Sinus Toothache?

The only way to make the sinus toothache go way is to treat the sinus problem.  Taking a decongestant or antibiotic to eliminate the infection will also result in the pain of the “sinus toothache” going away.

How Do You Know if Your Toothache is a Sinus Toothache?

If you have a toothache in more than one tooth, the pain is isolated in your top teeth, and you currently have a cold, sinus infection, or seasonal allergies – chances are good that you have a sinus toothache.  If the toothache does not go away after treating your sinus infection, you should see your dentist to receive a proper diagnosis of what is causing your toothache.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX
(713) 244-8929

Jan
18

Three Common Causes of Toothaches

Toothaches are terribly painful and nobody wants to get one.  There are multiple causes of toothaches.  Three common causes of toothaches are:

1)      Tooth Infection/Abscess (Pulpitis) – This is the most common cause of toothaches.  Pulpitis is an infection of the pulp of tooth, where the tooth nerve is.  Often times, tooth infections are caused by the bacteria in your mouth and a cavity has been untreated.  If a cavity is left untreated, it can deepen to the nerve of the tooth, causing pain.  A tooth infection could also occur from trauma to the tooth or a filling that wasn’t sealed correctly, allowing bacteria to leak into the tooth around the unsealed edges of the filling.

2)      Infection Around Tooth (Periapical Abscess)- This is caused from untreated gum disease, when the bacteria gets into the pockets between your gums and teeth causing an infection called an periapical abscess.

3)      Cracked Tooth- This is usually manifested by a sharp pain when pressure is put on the tooth when chewing and then the pain is relieved when the pressure is lifted from chewing.  This pain can occur because as you chew on a cracked tooth, it puts pressure on the tooth, causing the cracked tooth to separate even further which can cause pain.

The above list does not cover all of the causes of toothaches.  Some other causes could be a sinus infection or wisdom teeth (back molars) putting pressure on adjacent teeth.  Are you having pain in your teeth?  Call your dentist today to have your teeth evaluated with x-rays and an exam to find out what is causing your tooth pain.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

May
29

Top Toothache Causes and What to Watch For

Toothaches can be caused by many different factors, but they all tell you one thing: something is wrong. When you’re experiencing a toothache, knowing the symptoms and causes can help you decide what to do next. Here are a few of the most common causes of toothaches and what you should be aware of:

Severe Pain

A toothache can be one of the most painful experiences that you ever go through. The pain is usually caused by hypersensitivity of the nerve, caused by trauma or infection. Whether the pain starts suddenly or comes on slowly, it isn’t going to go away on its own – you need to have your dentist check the tooth to see what is wrong. 

Pain or Sensitivity to Sweets and Hot Temperatures

Do sweet foods and drinks make your teeth hurt? What about hot or warm drinks like coffee? Both of these symptoms indicate that something such as nerve damage or a cavity is present. Getting an x-ray as quickly as possible will allow your dentist determine the extent of the damage and the least invasive way to address it. 

Pain When Pressure is Applied

If you are chewing and a tooth hurts so much that you have to avoid biting on it, you likely have an infection. It could be an abscessed tooth resulting in swelling near the root, or chronic periodontal disease destroying the gum attachment fibers. Avoiding this condition may result in loss of the tooth.

When you have a toothache, it’s important to have a dentist that you can trust. Talk to your dentist about your concerns and ask what options are available to eliminate pain as quickly as possible while also saving your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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