Can Sinus Pressure Cause Tooth Pain?
Spring is in the air. For allergy and sinus suffers, Spring can sometimes bring tooth pain. The maxillary sinuses sit just above the upper molars.
When maxillary sinuses become irritated or infected, they swell causing pressure on the upper teeth in the back of your mouth.
How do you know if the tooth pain you are experiencing is sinus related or something more serious?
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine the source of your tooth pain.
Of course, you can always contact Dr. Marra at Huntersville Cosmetic & Family Dentistry with questions about tooth pain, especially if the pain does not go away or increases in severity.
Sinus Pain and Toothache
Are you experiencing other sinus or allergy related symptoms?
Common symptoms of sinus/allergy suffers include:
- Nasal drainage
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Headaches and sinus pressure
Sometimes lingering congestion from colds and viruses can cause sinus infections, too.
Is the tooth pain spread out across several teeth or localize to one? Generally sinus-related tooth pain will affect several teeth instead of one tooth.
It’s most common for sinus infections to affect the upper teeth, especially the molars, but sometimes sinuses can cause pain in the lower teeth, as well.
Is the pain dull or a sharp pain that increases in intensity? Sinus-related tooth pain is frequently a dull ache.
Sharp pain or pain that increases in severity over time may indicate a dental problem that Dr. Marra needs to examine. Pain as a result of hot, cold or chewing also are red flags.
Does the pain wake you at night? Sinus tooth pain typically does not interfere with sleep. If you are waking up because of tooth pain, it’s time to contact Dr. Marra.