Sinus Pressure Or A Toothache?

Man in pain with hands on head

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but it can also bring on a lot of suffering for those with allergies. Due to the blossoming of plants, flowers, and trees, sinus pain becomes a regular problem for many Americans.

On the other hand, a toothache can happen in any season. Therefore, some people mistake toothaches for sinus problems caused by allergies. So how can you tell them apart?

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is an inflammation that can be caused by mucus or bacteria build up; Illnesses including,  common cold, flu, allergies, lodged particles, and others.

How Do Our Sinuses Affect Our Teeth?

You have multiple sinus passages, but the pathway that can impact your teeth is called the maxillary sinus. This sits right behind your cheekbone and is extremely close to the roots of the top and back teeth. When inflammation occurs in this area, it can put pressure on the roots that creates a sensation comparable to a toothache or cavity.

How to Tell the Difference

Telling the difference between toothaches and sinus pain is as simple as checking your symptoms.

Sinusitis Symptoms

  • A clogged or a runny nose
  • Phlegm in the throat
  • A mild cough
  • A sore throat
  • Pain or aching in the cheekbones
  • A headache near the ears
  • A fever

Toothache Symptoms

  • Mouth swelling
  • Gum redness
  • Bad breath
  • Bad mouth taste
  • Fever
  • Pus from tooth

See Your Dentist at Fairfield Dental Arts

If you cannot identify the cause of your pain, visit us sooner rather than later! Seeing us for a checkup appointment can save you time and money by taking care of the problem before it gets worse.