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Home Dental Disorders & Disease Tooth Pain and Sinuses: Can A Sinus Infection Cause a Toothache?
Stories like my wife’s are fairly common — many people think that they have a problem with their teeth when they simply have sinusitis. Many people end up coming to the emergency room at our dental school with painful teeth.  Upon examination, we sometimes find that their teeth are healthy and that the real cause of their pain is a sinus infection or sinusitis.
When a patient comes in with severe tooth pain, we normally take an x-ray of the offending tooth.  Tooth pain is usually caused by reversible and irreversible pulpitis. If the teeth don’t have any cavities in them and appear to be healthy, then we usually try to find another source of the pain, such as a sinus infection (sinusitis). Using a humidifier to moisten the air that you breathe in.  This helps to loosen any dried secretions that have accumulated in the sinuses. Taking antibiotics if it is believed that the sinusitis is caused by bacteria.  Common antibiotics that are prescribed for sinusitis include amoxicillin, trimethoprimsulfamethoxazole, clavulanate with amoxicillin, azithromycin, and cefuroxime. Although toothaches are generally caused by a problem with your tooth, it is important to understand that your teeth have neighbors, such as your sinuses, that can mimic a toothache. Hello, i am 19 years old, just getting over an upper repsitory infection that basically mimicked the flu. Also, if I lie down and gently raise my head (tensing the neck muscles), it also seems to hurt a little more.


I’ve taken some xylitol sinusitis nose spray and another steroid based nose spray as well, none of these help. Hi Ryan – My first guess is that it would be a mucocele, where a minor salivary gland duct on the roof of your mouth gets clogged or severed and mucousy saliva bubbles up. This article was very helpful as I had a visit to the dentist thinking I had a tootheache.She told me it could be sinus.
Hi Jessica – Only your dentist will be able to let you know for sure if the tooth had caused the sinus infection. If you have no sinus infection symptoms could it still cause a tooth ache on the 3rd tooth from the front of your teeth? A night guard may help with the grinding – but you should see a dentist to see what else can be done about the grinding.
I am having a host of issues with very bad dental problems in entire mouth, sinus pain, migraine, and now I am having pain in my left eye – I unfortunately am uninsured. It occurs to me to comment that entries on this website may have come from UK as well as USA.
And only THIS YEAR 2014 in the USA did healthcare become universal and low income people qualified.
I had some muscle relaxants for two weeks so that the clenching (in theory) would stop, but it did not help.


It was very hard to pinpoint the pain , even though I had thought it was a possible chipped molar. My dentist didn’t see any chips, did 2 xrays, along with testing for sensitivity and pressure.
After numerous courses of antibiotics, it became a chronic infection in the left maxillary sinus. If you pay, which you can in the UK if your prefer or just want to speed up access, there is no need to demand. My upper left back molar had a root canal but I have been known to grind my teeth so hard the dead roots would hit a nerve and I would have such intense pain that vicodin would barely numb it. My sinus infection is worse (still nothing compared to the first one, though) and I have severe pain in all of my upper left set of teeth and a cslight pain in the bottom left teeth. No sinus symptomz were present until now…some pressure and congestion NOW but not before all this.



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