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Understanding The Role Of Sinus Pressure In Dental Pain

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Do you maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine? Have you ever experienced sore teeth or gums while having a nasty cold? It’s possible that the symptoms you’re experiencing are actually the result of congested sinuses. This is why that pain will sometimes fade after your congestion passes. We’re going to explain how sinus pressure can cause oral health concerns, and how to tell the difference. Allergy sufferers are often familiar with this experience. However, they aren’t the only ones who can be affected.  Sinus infections, severe colds, or the flu can all be involved.

Understanding The Role Of Sinus Pressure In Dental Pain

The reason that sinus pressure can cause dental pain stems from their placement. Your sinuses occupy a large space just above your oral cavity. They also extend behind your upper jaw a short way. There is very little space between your rear teeth and the sinus cavity. Pressure in this cavity can therefore put pressure on the roots of these teeth.  This pressure is the source of dental pain from sinus pressure.

There are a few indicators that your dental pain may be from sinus pressure

  • Are you experiencing congestion?
  • Are your rear teeth the ones that are hurting?
  • Do you have multiple teeth that are affected?
  • Is it painful to chew or bite? 
  • Does the pain pass when your congestion stops?

While the pain may be from sinus pressure, tooth infections are possible. When you’re sick your immune system is busy fighting that disease. As a result, it may not be able to protect your teeth as well. The bacteria can have an easier time getting a foothold, resulting in decay or the development of periodontitis. Between dental pain from sinus pressure and this increased risk of infection, cold and allergy season is known as ‘toothache season’.

The best way to determine the source of your dental pain is by reaching out to your dental provider.  They have the knowledge and equipment to accurately determine the source of your discomfort. A final diagnosis may require the use of dental imaging to ensure no hidden decay is taking place. It’s also worthwhile to speak to your primary care provider to get their insight on your symptoms. Between these two providers, you’ll be able to get a definite conclusion and steps to take to resolve it.

Speak To Your Dental Provider For Additional Guidance

Sinus dental pain is a well-known concern for allergy sufferers. The yearly appearance of their symptoms makes their struggle with sinus pain a constant. Many allergy sufferers also have suppressed immune systems. This means they’re more likely to experience sinus infections that can create sinus pressure and pain.  Whether you suffer from allergies or not, sinus pressure can be a real pain in the mouth.  Before cold and allergy season comes around, make sure you speak with your dental health provider. They’ll provide you with ways of identifying this form of dental pain, and what to do when you do.  Reach out to your provider for an appointment today!

Jonathan McCartney D.M.D

Dr. Jonathan McCartney
works through a dependable team to give you a personalized dental experience. After earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Case Western Dental School, he moved to North Port, FL, and established his practice in 2013 to combine affordable dental care with the latest technology feats in dentistry. Through McCartney Dental, you can experience confidence in your smile.

Jonathan McCartney D.M.D

Dr. Jonathan McCartney
works through a dependable team to give you a personalized dental experience. After earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Case Western Dental School, he moved to North Port, FL, and established his practice in 2013 to combine affordable dental care with the latest technology feats in dentistry. Through McCartney Dental, you can experience confidence in your smile.

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