It is true that sinus infections (sinusitis) can cause toothaches. It is fairly common for sinus conditions to cause pain in the upper back teeth. A sinus cavity is a pair of empty spaces in the skull connected to the nasal cavity. Sinusitis causes inflammation of tissues in these spaces that can cause pain.
Sinus Toothache Symptoms
Sinus toothaches can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Upper molar pain
- Pain intensity changes when you move
- Feeling feverish
- Throat pain
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- An ache behind your cheekbones
- Your face hurts on both sides
- Nasal drip that tastes bad
- Having difficulty tasting or smelling
How Do I Know if My Toothache is a Sinus Infection?
It affects several teeth rather than just one and is primarily felt in the upper molars. A low-grade fever can also be caused by sinus pain felt in the teeth. Dental problems will typically cause a toothache that is more intense and only affects one tooth.
How Do You Relieve Sinus Pressure in Your Teeth?
Sinus infections and tooth pain can be treated at home by some individuals. Humidifiers and neti pots are common remedies, as well as spicy foods, staying hydrated, and using over-the-counter medications carefully and in limited quantities.
Sinus infections that are severe, chronic, or won’t go away may require a proactive approach, however.
How Long Does a Sinus Toothache Last?
Unless there are other factors contributing to your tooth pain, it should subside once your sinus infection is gone. In spite of the pain associated with sinus infections and toothaches, the Mayo Clinic assures patients that sinus infections usually subside within seven to ten days.
Should You Visit a Dentist or a Doctor?
Seeing your doctor first if you’re sure the pain is caused by sinus inflammation is the best course of action. Your doctor will prescribe prescription or over-the-counter medications that should relieve your sinus pressure and clear out your sinuses.
It is possible that something else is causing the tooth pain if you are not sure what is causing it. In order to determine the cause of your toothache, your dentist will take X-rays and examine your mouth and oral cavity. When your dentist gives you the green light, consult your doctor about sinus treatment options.
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