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Toothache or Sinus Infection?

Toothache or Sinus Infection?
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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It hurts.  That is all you can comprehend as you hold your face in pain.  But the pain is very real, and you are unsure where to seek help for the pain as it could be in your sinuses but what if it is a toothache?

What Is A Sinus Infection?

Your sinuses are a network of hollow chambers in your skull that let air through to be warmed and humidified before it gets to your lungs.  Usually, your body has a mechanism that keeps your sinuses clean, but the bacteria can get out of control and cause an infection in some instances.  In some situations, a sinus infection can feel like a toothache.  In turn, it is less common, but a dental abscess or infection can affect your sinuses.

Do I Have Sinus Pain Or A Toothache?

Although issues with your teeth cause toothaches, it is important to note that the parts adjacent to your teeth, such as the maxillary sinuses, can mimic a toothache.

During colder weather, many patients come to the office, mistaking a sinus infection for a toothache.  A common symptom is they feel their toothache when they walk around or move.  They have also had a history of a recent cold or flu.   Our examinations, including a dental x-ray, will conclude that it is a sinus infection if the sinus region is “cloudy” but the tooth is healthy.

A sinus infection may be treated in various ways, including humidifiers, nasal sprays, antibiotics, or decongestants.

However, toothaches could point to something more sinister, so consulting with your dentist is best to ensure nothing serious is present.

The Culprit Could Be The Upper Teeth

Our upper teeth are linked very closely with the maxillary sinus.  Many times the roots of these teeth hold up the lining of your sinus.  When you lose one or more of your upper back teeth, your sinus lining can drop.  Many people report the side of their nose with the lost tooth feels more “stuffy” over time.

Suppose you have experienced the loss of upper teeth or noticed unusual changes within your sinuses.  In that case, we recommend that you make an appointment to help you find the cause of the concern and build a recommendation that will achieve the desired results and improve the quality of life – pain-free.

We Can Help!

Are you in doubt about what is causing your discomfort?

Our amazing dental team at Grove Smiles Dentistry in Coconut Grove, FL, can determine whether or not your sinus has dropped from a simple dental x-ray.  A dental x-ray can go a long way in uncovering the source of your nagging pains.

So don’t delay our team is ready to help!



For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S., P.A.
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