Sinus Pain or a Tooth Problem?

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It’s not uncommon for inflammation or pain in one part of the body to radiate or affect another area. This is often the case with our maxillary sinuses and upper teeth, making it hard to discern one type of pain from the other.

Continue reading to learn why this occurs and how to determine if the source of your discomfort is sinus pain or a tooth problem.

What Is the Relationship Between Sinuses and Teeth?

The maxillary sinuses are in very close proximity to the roots of the top teeth, which can make it difficult for many people to differentiate between sinus pain or a tooth problem.

In fact, in some areas, the only thing that separates teeth roots and sinuses is thin layer of tissue. So, it’s not surprising that when allergies or an infection irritate sinuses, teeth may also experience some discomfort.

At the same time, an abscessed tooth can cause infection and pain to spread to the sinus cavity.

What Is an Abscessed Tooth?

An abscessed tooth is caused by an infection that begins at the pulp and spreads to the tooth root and bone. As such, it presents as a pocket of pus surrounding the affected tooth.

How to Tell If It’s Sinus Pain or a Tooth Problem?

Because of the close connection between the maxillary sinuses and teeth, you may be wondering how to tell if you are experiencing sinus pain or a tooth problem.

The key difference between the two is the type of pain and its intensity. 

Sinus inflammation and discomfort often feels dull and continuous. In comparison, an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. It may also produce sharp zaps of pain when pressed or tapped.

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If you are experiencing discomfort and want to know if it’s sinus pain or a tooth problem, please call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled and experienced dental providers.