5 questions to ask about sinus-related tooth pain

Flowers are blooming and buds are popping up on trees. Spring has arrived. With spring’s arrival also comes that pesky, yellow dust called pollen. And, that pollen can  wreak havoc on the sinuses.

Some sinus suffers experience pain in their teeth and head. 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.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine if the the source of your pain is sinus related or a dental issue. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Michael Gross at Inspiring Smiles Dentistry of Charlotte if you have severe or ongoing tooth pain lasting several days.

Do you have other sinus symptoms?

Nasal drainage, congestion, itching/watery eyes, sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, coughing, headaches and sinus pressure are common symptoms of sinus issues. Lingering congestion from colds and viruses can lead to sinus infections, too.

Where is the tooth pain?

Sinus suffers often complain about sinus pressure in their heads affecting teeth in the upper jaw, especially the molars.  Sometimes sinuses can cause pain in the lower teeth, too. If you experience pain localized to one tooth, it probably indicates a dental issue that needs to be addressed.

What kind of tooth pain are you experiencing?

Sinus tooth pain is usually described as more of a dull ache than a sharp, shooting pain. Tooth pain that increases in intensity overtime or follows chewing or exposure to hot or cold foods and beverages is often a sign of a dental related tooth problem.

How’s your sleep?

Sinus tooth pain rarely interrupts your sleep. If the tooth pain is enough to wake you from your peaceful slumber, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Gross at Inspiring Smiles Dentistry of Charlotte.

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