A toothache could be caused by anything from gum disease to tooth grinding, cavities or dental abscesses. However, a lesser-known, yet not uncommon reason for a toothache is the presence of sinusitis
There is a chance that your tooth pain is caused by a blocked sinus as your teeth and nasal airway share an interesting connection.
If you suffer from chronic nasal congestion as well as toothaches, the two might be related.
Sinuses are air filled spaces in the skull which allow dust and mucus to drain from the nose to the back of the throat. Their general purpose is to warm the outside air before it reaches your lungs.
Sinuses are lined with a mucous membrane, a place where both friendly and unfriendly bacteria live. When this membrane can become inflamed and infected, it begins to swell, trapping dust particles and disrupting the normal flow of mucus.
It can block the nasal passage and the passage can become packed with mucous. Bacteria can then become trapped; they can multiply and cause a sinus infection. Sinus infection (sinusitis) is commonly known as the inflammation of the nasal sinuses.
Both sinus pain and toothaches are very painful, and unfortunately, these two conditions often occur together. The key in deciding whether your toothache is sinus related is to determine the cause.
The term sinus toothache is used to describe a toothache that is caused by an inflammation of the sinuses, rather than strictly a dental problem.
This type of toothache is often caused when mucous cannot drain out of the sinus cavity or when the sinus cavity’s airflow is restricted.
It can be very painful. The longer the blocked sinus lasts, the greater the tooth pain.
The common cold, allergies, pollutants, deviated nasal septum and sinus polyps can all lead to this type of pain.
A sinus infection or sinusitis can cause a toothache, specifically in the upper back teeth, which are close to the sinuses. In fact, pain in the upper teeth is a fairly common symptom with sinus conditions.
The sinuses which are most commonly affected are contained in the upper jaw, so when a sinus infection occurs, the resulting pressure from the inflammation and the fluid can start to build up and cause you to feel pain in your teeth. This is how sinus tooth pain occurs, and it often comes on suddenly.
This buildup puts pressure on the nerves of your teeth which causes the pain in one of more of your teeth. Comprehensive dental checkup by dentists in India help correlate upper molar infection causing symptoms of sinusitis.
The intensity of pain is dependent on the extent of the sinus infection and swelling. Even though your teeth might be in good health, you will experience sensitive teeth.
Sinusitis can also rarely result from a diseased tooth spreading the infection to the sinuses.
Therefore a proper diagnosis from your dentist is necessary to determine if tooth decay is the cause. Once sinusitis is confirmed you can treat and manage the pain.
Sinus lifts procedures are being done routinely in dental clinics in Delhi with lot of success rate.
It is often difficult to determine the difference between sinus tooth pain and tooth pain due to a dental cause when one’s entire head is throbbing. Both types of pain feel similar, so it is necessary to look at the other symptoms present besides the tooth pain.
Sinus pain may be to blame for tooth pain if the tooth pain occurs a few days after one has suffered a cold. Sinus toothaches often feel more painful with movement but feel better when sitting still or lying down.
When you perform head movements such as tilting by bending over or an up and down walking motion and you feel a worsening of the toothache or if you feel instant throbbing pain in the upper teeth, then your toothache it may be a direct result of a sinus infection.
The upper tooth pain can spread to the lower teeth as well. This is called ‘referred pain,’ and it is very common in the mouth.
A proper diagnosis of sinus toothache by dentists in India is the key to preventing unnecessary dental treatments and allowing the sinus infection to heal quickly.
The primary symptoms of a sinus toothache can be difficult to identify as they often mimic a regular toothache but include:
- Pain that is sharp and spontaneous or mild and felt only when chewing
- Facial swelling or facial tenderness in the cheek area
- Pain that appears or intensifies with movement, but subsides when you are sitting or lying down. (If when you jump on your feet, you feel a throbbing pain in one or more upper teeth, it is likely a sinus toothache)
- The toothache typically impacts several teeth rather than just one
Certain sinus toothaches may actually be a dental condition, such as a tooth abscess in the molar teeth.
However, an abscess will normally be accompanied by redness in the gums and a foul taste the mouth instead.
Dentists in Delhi are having a holistic approach in treating their patients, thus they can diagnose sinusitis during dental treatment.
If you have a persistent toothache, first consult your dentist for a checkup. He or she will consider possible dental causes for your toothache. If your dentist rules out a dental cause for the toothache, consult your medical doctor.
He or she will consider whether a sinus condition or other underlying medical problem is contributing to the toothache.
One way is to pay attention to what symptoms came first. An abscess or cavity is not likely to cause the following symptoms, while a sinus infection will:
- nasal congestion
- cough and/or sore throat from post-nasal drip
- runny nose
Signs of a tooth abscess without a sinus infection generally include:
- pain and swelling
- redness in the gums
- bad taste or odour in the mouth
Treatment and Management of Sinusitis
If you have a toothache and you suspect sinusitis, it’s important to try and resolve the infection as best you can. If your sinus infection resolves and the toothache still exists, it’s time to go back to the dentist.
A complete dental check-up every 6 months will rule out any underlying dental issues that can result in a toothache.
Depending on the severity of the infection, various treatments exist to remedy and manage sinusitis.
Decongestants, antibiotics and antihistamines may be used to get rid of sinus infection. Steam inhalation and nasal sprays can assist with the sinus pain, while eating softer foods can make toothache pain more manageable.
Comprehensive dental treatments in India help patients maintain sinus health along with their teeth.
An acute maxillary sinus infection can go unnoticed for a long time. It can be easily confused with chronic nasal congestion.
It is a good idea to get to the root of the problem. This will let you get back to your normal life.
Treating your chronic nasal congestion can end your toothaches for good. Your dentists can tell you exactly what is wrong and can help you to end the pain.