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    Sinus infections can be sneaky, causing mischief beyond stuffy noses and headaches. Your sinuses are these air-filled spaces behind your cheeks, nose, and forehead. When they get all clogged up from an infection, pressure can build up on nearby areas, including your teeth.

    Some of your upper teeth roots are close to your sinuses, so when those sinuses swell up, they can press against those tooth roots, causing some serious discomfort. So, if you’ve got a sinus infection and suddenly feel like your teeth hurt, don’t panic! It’s probably your sinuses throwing their weight around. Consult a physician or dentist if the pain worsens.

    How Do You Know If Your Tooth Hurts from a Sinus Infection?

    It can be hard to differentiate between normal and sinus toothaches. They both appear as sharp, sometimes dull, and persistent. It is also common to get a toothache right after flu or allergy.

    When your immune system lets its guard down, the opportunist bacteria get the most out of it, triggering the underlying dental issues to rise again. The following are some clear indicators of tooth pain caused by sinus infection:

    • Pain that is localized to upper back molars
    • Toothache felt in multiple teeth
    • Nasal congestion
    • Lack of tooth sensitivity
    • Pain while biting or chewing food

    If you don’t have any of these symptoms. The problem can be an underlying dental issue. Visit your dentist immediately for the right treatment.

    How Long Does a Sinus Toothache Last?

    If your teeth are healthy with no underlying dental problems, the pain should disappear after treating your sinus infection. With the appropriate treatment, sinus toothache can take 7-10 days to go away.

    When to See the Dentist?

    If you suspect your tooth pain is due to a sinus infection, you can try taking the following measures, and it should subside:

    • Over-the-counter pain relievers

      Toothaches can be treated with OTC painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin. You can take them to relieve sinus toothache. You can also use topical numbing gels for quick relief.

    • Hot and Cold Therapy

      Alternate between hot or cold compress on the affected spot. Continue this practice for 15 minutes now and then throughout the day.

    • Saltwater Rinses

      Saltwater rinses can reduce gum inflammation and heal soft tissue wounds. Therefore, rinsing your mouth with this solution can offer relief.

      These remedies are sure to work if you are experiencing a sinus toothache. However, if none of them are effective. Chances are, you have an underlying dental issue rather than a sinus tooth pain. Whether the pain is due to dental abscess, infection, enamel erosion, or gum disease, your dentist can examine and provide timely treatment.

    Final Word

    A severe toothache can also be mistaken as a sinus toothache, considering the sinus infection can cause tooth pain. It’s easy to deal with a sinus toothache, as it’s linked with the infection. However, persistent toothache requires a thorough dental check-up.

    Visit Dr. Azhar at Pasadena Oral Surgery. Our oral surgeon can tackle your every dental issue effectively for long-term relief. Her special interests include surgical tooth extractions, advanced bone grafting techniques, implant surgery, and pathology. Dial (281) 299-0053 to secure an appointment.

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