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The Causes of a Sinus Tooth Pain

The Causes of a Sinus Tooth Pain

A sinus infection can create pressure and pain in the mouth and cause a sinus tooth pain. Specifically, this is due to pressure and pain in the maxillary sinuses located behind the cheek bones. Sinus tooth pain is often confused with other causes of tooth pain, including gum disease, tooth decay , or an impacted wisdom tooth. (1)

Do You Have a Sinus Tooth Pain?

A sinus infection occurs when bacteria from the nose enter the sinuses. To help you assess whether you have a sinus tooth pain or a toothache caused by something else, take note of symptoms that occur in addition to pain around the upper teeth, eyes, or cheekbones. Any type of sinusitis, including maxillary sinusitis, can be chronic or acute. Symptoms of acute maxillary sinusitis include:
  • Fever
  • Stuffy nose and nasal discharge
  • Bad breath
  • Pain that is worse when sitting up than when lying down
  • Tenderness, redness, or swelling in the cheekbones
Signs of chronic maxillary sinusitis include:
  • Cough
  • Persistent sinus toothache
  • Pain that seems worse when you have a cold or allergic reaction (1)

Don’t Ignore a Sinus Tooth Pain

A sinus infection when left untreated can lead to more serious infection, so be sure to see a doctor for sinus tooth pain to treat problems before they become severe. One cause of sinusitis is cold, dry air, so try using a humidifier to help prevent a sinus toothache. (1), (2)


1. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-infection
2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sinus-headaches/DS00647/DSECTION=prevention





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