You’ve been experiencing a toothache for days, so you do what you’re supposed to – call your dentist. Your appointment arrives and your dentist gives you the news that all of your teeth are completely healthy. While that is great to hear, it still doesn’t explain your tooth pain. At this point, your dentist may help you to investigate other potential causes, one of which can be problems with your sinuses.
Many people are surprised to hear that there is a connection between the sinuses ad tooth pain. If your tooth hurts, your thoughts will automatically travel to an infection or cavity, but that isn’t always the case. The maxillary sinus is located right above your oral cavity, and when you are sick, this sinus can get inflamed and congested. For the most part, this isn’t something that will cause you any major discomfort, especially not in your mouth. However, if too much pressure and congestion builds up in there, it can affect the roots of the teeth on your upper jaw. This becomes especially prominent as you get older.
During your exam, your dentist will check over your teeth to decide whether your tooth pain is due to a legitimate dental concern or a problem with the sinuses. If he sees no visible signs of decay, he may take X-rays to see if there is something hidden out of view or between the teeth. If those turn up fine, he will likely ask more about your problem.
If your sinuses are to blame and this is a situation that occurs frequently, you may want to look into treatment options for your maxillary sinus. Contact our office about possible treatment solutions, and he will likely refer you to an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon to go through the available treatment plans that could bring you relief.