Toothache or Sinus Pain – How to Tell the Difference
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Toothache or Sinus Pain – How to Tell the Difference

Man with tooth/sinus painSinuses and the upper teeth and jaw are closely connected to one another. Because of this, a tooth infection may radiate into the sinuses and a sinus infection can feel like a toothache. If you’re not sure which you’re suffering from, the following information can help you differentiate between the two.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is an infection in the sinuses that usually clears up on its own. This infection is often caused by a common cold or even by allergies. If your sinus infection lasts longer than 8 weeks or is recurring, it would be considered a chronic infection and you should visit your doctor.

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Sore throat due to post nasal drip
  • Persistent cough
  • Dull pain spreading from the eyes, nose, forehead, or even the jaws and teeth
  • Swelling of the sinuses accompanied by a headache
  • Discharge from the sinus passages

Toothache

When you’re trying to decipher whether your tooth pain is radiated pain from sinusitis or due to a dental disease. The best way to discover the source of your tooth pain is to schedule an appointment with your general dentist. A simple exam and an X-Ray can determine whether your tooth or your sinuses are the source of your discomfort.

Lastly, keep in mind that because the teeth and sinuses are so closely interconnected, an infection in one can lead to an infection in the other. Please seek dental and medical help if you believe you’re suffering from an infection of any kind.

To receive an orthodontic evaluation or to speak with Dr. Rhoda Lockett, please contact Lockett Orthodontics here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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