Sinuses are hollow cavities that are located very close to the roots of your upper molars. So there should be little surprise that dentist’s often see patient’s presenting with a toothache who actually end up having a sinus infection. Your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans explain why sinusitis can cause a toothache even when your teeth are perfectly healthy.
Dealing with a Toothache
What would your plan of action be if you suddenly had a horrible toothache? The first instinct of many people would be to call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Home remedies might include alternating cold and hot compresses, rest, and taking over-the-counter pain pills. Would you ever think to give sinus medication a try? While that doesn’t sound like the obvious solution, you might find that your tooth pain gets a lot better as your sinuses drain. That’s because upper molars and sinus cavities are very close neighbors.
Sinusitis or Tooth Pulp Infection
Your sinuses are covered by a pink membrane that makes them look like the inside of your mouth. Sinuses actually reside in the jawbone. When you breathe in through your nose, sinuses provide a passageway to your lungs. When sinuses become infected, the medical term we use is sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection. People with intense allergies tend to have more frequent bouts with sinusitis.
When you visit your dentist with tooth pain, x-rays and a thorough examination will be in order. Inflammation in the pulp of your teeth caused by tooth decay will generally explain tooth pain. However if your teeth and roots appear healthy, your sinuses could very well be the cause of your discomfort. Your dentist is likely to recommend that you get to your general physician as soon as possible.
Reno Dentist Can Help Find the Source of Tooth Pain
If you have pain in your teeth, you should not hesitate to contact your dentist. To arrange an appointment, feel free to contact our Reno dentist office at 775-829-7700. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients in the 89502 zip code, and surrounding communities.