Sinus Infections and Toothaches — The Correlation

Have you ever wondered about toothache originating from other areas but not the teeth? Well, that’s true. The top condition which can cause severe kind of toothache is the sinus infection and it is something which doesn’t have to do with the tooth infection. The signs that you are suffering from sinus infection may include cough, sore throat, fever, bad breath, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions.

Common reasons for toothache

When we talk about toothache, it would be worth mentioning the reasons for the toothache. Some top causes of toothache include cavities, fracture in the tooth, damaged filling, teeth grinding and gum infection. Sinus infection is another reason for the toothache but it doesn’t have anything to do with the tooth in direct manner. Whenever you have a toothache, you have to make sure that you are treating it like an emergency situation.

Sinus infection and toothache

As mentioned above, sinus infection can result in toothache. The sign of this toothache is that your upper back teeth pain due to pressure inside the area behind the cheeks. This area is known as maxillary sinus cavity. The upper back teeth are pretty close to this cavity, the pressure from the congested area can cause discomfort in those teeth. Sometimes, the roots of the teeth enter into that cavity, and it may lead to the direct pressure on the nerves of those teeth. It can turn out to be very painful in the end. Nevertheless, this condition normally has nothing to do with the tooth infection.

How your dentist can help

Your dentist may run a percussion test to determine if the toothache you have is due to sinus infection. The dentist is going to use specific tools to tap your teeth individually in order to find out the area where the pain exists. Here, it can be safely said that your dentist is the best person to find out the true reason of toothache even if it is not due to any dental problem.

Things that you need to do

You will have to keep an eye on the signs and visit your dentist as soon as possible. a few things that you will have to look out for include:

  • Toothache that remains there for more than 2 days.
  • Severity of toothache getting increased
  • Fever, pain in the ears and pain while opening the mouth

Without proper evaluation, you will not be able to know about the true cause of your toothache. So, you have to make sure that you are going for every diagnostic measure that helps you knowing the true reason for your toothache.