Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

At Flax Dental in Atlanta, many patients come in with a toothache. In some cases, the toothache is a secondary symptom of a sinus condition. Let’s discuss the relationship.

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the particular location can be hard to discover.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can impact the teeth.

In acute cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also take place. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most frequent type of oral abscess originates in the pulp of the tooth and is generally caused by tooth decay.

When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually result in pain.

An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

If an abscess hurts the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?

Sinus pain generally manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will most likely feel a sharp shock of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both problems—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

Call Flax Dental in Atlanta if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. You may need a a root canal. Patients from Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Dunwoody trust our health and wellness dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Flax Dental:

404-255-9080

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, #430
Atlanta, Georgia
30342

 

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