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Is Your Pain from Sinusitis or a Toothache?

An older man holding his jaw in pain

Sinuses and the upper teeth and jaw are closely connected to each other. Because of this, a tooth infection may radiate into the sinuses and a sinus infection may feel like a toothache in the upper jaw. If you aren’t sure which of these you’re suffering from, the following information may be able to help you differentiate between the two.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is an infection in the sinuses, which usually clears up on its own. This infection is often caused by a common cold or even by allergies. If your sinus infection lasts longer than 8 weeks or recurs often, it’s considered a chronic infection, and you should visit your doctor.

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Sore throat due to postnasal drip
  • Persistent cough
  • Dull pain spreading from the eyes, nose, forehead, or even the jaws and teeth
  • Swelling of the sinuses accompanied by a headache
  • Discharge from the sinus passages

Toothache

When you’re trying to tell whether your tooth pain is radiating pain from sinusitis or due to dental disease, the best way is by scheduling an appointment at your general dentist’s A simple exam and an X-Ray can allow us to determine whether your tooth or your sinuses are the sources of your discomfort.

Lastly, keep in mind that because the teeth and sinuses are so closely interconnected, an infection in one can lead to an infection in the other. Please seek dental and medical help if you believe you’re suffering from an infection of any kind.

To make an appointment here at Meadows Family Dental, please contact our Castle Rock, Colorado family dentist’s office today. 

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

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