Can a sinus infection cause toothache?
Some people wonder if a sinus infection can cause a toothache or if there is a correlation between toothache and sinusitis?
According to some researchers a sinus infection or inflammation can cause a toothache, especially in the upper teeth which are close to the sinus area. In fact the toothache in the upper teeth area is fairly common when experiencing sinus conditions.
Sinus infection might be caused by an allergic reaction, an obstruction in the nasal passage or area that allows drainage of the cavity, another bodily infection like a respiratory infection or prominent exposure to the environment.
The best way to determine whether you have a sinus infection or toothache is to ask yourself have you have sinusitis before?
For most people with sinusitis or sinus infection knowing they have it is obvious, they have clogged or runny noses, headaches, sore throats, post nasal drip, tenderness and extra sensitivity all around the face and usually reduced appetite. Usually all food will taste peculiar because of the constant presence of mucus in the mouth affecting the taste buds. People with post nasal drip can also get annoying and often upsetting nausea.
The tooth pain or toothache comes from the affected maxillary first premolars. In fact a person experiencing pain in many or all teeth may have a sinus infection. The face and the neck may also contain infected sinus tracts that can sometimes dental in origin.
There is a small chance that you could have sinus infection and toothache pain, rather than one or the other. As noted before, life is rarely fair, but in order to work on treating both your toothache and any sinus pressure in your mouth, you need an accurate diagnosis.
Steps to evaluate sinus pain versus tooth pain
1.History of previous episodes of sinusitis
2. Clinical exam (palpation of maxillary bone over the sinuses)
3. Evaluation of teeth to identify a possible dental origin
4. X-rays (including P.A. and possibly panorex)
5. Vitality testing of the tooth by electric pulp testing, ice, heart percussion
In order to determine if a sinus infection is the root cause of toothache, a dentist will typically perform a percussion test whereby he will gently tap on an individual tooth to establish where the pain is located. Pain located in all of the teeth signifies a sinus related infection rather than an isue with an individual tooth.