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Telling The Difference Between a Toothache & Sinusitis

Tooth Pain & SinusitisIt may surprise you to learn that there is a proven connection between sinus pain and tooth pain. If you’re suffering from tooth pain, your thoughts may immediately go to a dental cavity or some other dental problem. However, it’s possible that your tooth pain is actually being caused by sinus problems.

We have seven sinuses, but the maxillary sinus is the one most likely to cause tooth pain. Pressure and congestion are common in the maxillary sinus, and a little discomfort is usually as far as this will go. However, if too much pressure or congestion build up in the maxillary sinus, it can put pressure on the roots of your teeth causing pain.

Sinus Pain Or Dental Problems?

There are a few different ways for your dentist to tell if your pain is coming from your sinuses or if it’s a real toothache. A few of the indicators of sinus trouble instead of dental issues are:

  • No visible signs of cavities or decay in your X-rays
  • Close proximity of the affected teeth to the maxillary sinus
  • Discomfort is a whole area of the mouth instead of just one tooth
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity, especially to temperature

For more information on sinus problems vs. tooth problems, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact Endodontic Specialists of Colorado at one of our three Colorado locations. We have offices in both Pueblo and Colorado Springs, CO.

Posted on Aug 17, 2017



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