Edmond Dentist Discusses Sinus Pain Caused By Teeth
You often hear people talking about the pain they feel in their teeth or gums when they get a sinus infection. In fact, patients often complain to our Edmond dentist of tooth pain due to severe sinus pressure, especially during the springtime as they often mistake this pressure for seasonal allergies. What you may not have been aware of until today is that sinus infections can actually be caused by a “sick tooth”.
Our Edmond dentist recounts a story about one dental patient who had trouble with sinus infections and didn’t quite know the reason until she visited the dentist’s office.
For the sake of privacy we’ll call this patient, Jane.
Here is her story:
Jane had a very painful, continuous strong of sinus infections. With each one, the pain grew more intense and the infection lasted longer. Finally, after trying many remedies and treatments at home, she decided to have her teeth x-rayed at the dentist. The results indicated that she had an abscessed tooth which had invaded her maxillary sinus area. For reference, the two maxillary sinuses are located below the cheeks, above the teeth, and on the sides of the nose.
For Jane, the pain above the abscessed tooth was very noticeable. What’s important to note is that others with this type of problem may have a more difficult time detecting the origin of pain as their “sick tooth” may never actually hurt. Not every patient notices the pain coming from the area of the tooth or gums, but after the dentist has takes a closer inspection of their x-rays they may then come to realize that it is the source of their pain.
Research tells our Edmond dentist that about 20% of all maxillary sinus infections are caused by tooth infections, rather than another cause. If you suspect that your sinus infections are being caused by a tooth, please feel free to make an appointment to see our Edmond dentist for confirmation.
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