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Is My Toothache Related to Sinuses?

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young woman holds the bridge of her nose with a painful sinus infection

Toothaches can range from mild pain to severe agony. There are many possible causes, such as a chip, an infection, or tooth decay. Could your toothache be related to your sinuses? If you get a sinus infection, you can also experience pain in your teeth.

What Are Sinus Infections?

Your sinuses are found in your cheekbones, forehead bone, and inner corners of your eyes. These spaces in the bones of your face are responsible for producing mucus. Sometimes, fluid can get stuck inside your sinuses and store bacteria or viruses. That’s how you get an infection. Symptoms include pain in your face, a stuffy nose, and toothaches.

Why Does a Sinus Infection Cause Tooth Pain?

The sinuses found in your cheekbones are close to the roots of your upper molars. If those sinuses become infected and irritated, your brain can get confused and think the pain is actually coming from your teeth!

Treating a Toothache Related to Sinuses

If a sinus infection is the cause of your toothache, the solution is to treat the sinus infection. For a bacteria-triggered infection, antibiotics may be necessary. While you’re healing, the best thing you can do is stay hydrated. For pain, over-the-counter medications can help. You should be careful about nasal decongestants. It’s best to use them for no more than a few days. Most people recover in about 7-10 days, after which your toothache will go away, as well.

Getting Care for Toothaches at Edgewater Dental Arts

Persistent, throbbing, and very painful toothaches are considered a dental emergency. If you aren’t sure if your toothache is related to your sinuses, our team can help! We’ll identify the cause and recommend the best treatments. If we suspect a sinus infection, we’ll recommend a specialist. Please contact us with any questions or to book an appointment at our Edgewater office!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.