At Sven Bone Dentistry in Bozeman, 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 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 identify.
Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become swollen 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 transpire. 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 common type of oral abscess begins in the pulp of the tooth and is typically caused by decay.
An abscess can cause complete tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.
How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection? Sinus pain usually 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 probably feel a sharp zap 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 Sven Bone Dentistry in Bozeman if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. We offer general and restorative dentistry, and many other services. Schedule an appointment today!
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