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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

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