If you’re feeling an ache in your jaw, you’re probably worried that decay has taken hold. But it’s important to remember the mouth-body connection. If you’ve been feeling congested or having facial pain, a sinus infection might be the real culprit.
Understanding the source of your pain will help you find treatment for the underlying problem and get comfortable again ASAP. If you’ve been feeling achy, check out the tips below for distinguishing between sinus pain and tooth pain. Should the pain continue, check in with Dr. Okamura to make sure there isn’t a larger problem. Schedule an exam today!
Why Your Sinuses Can Cause Tooth Pain
The maxillary sinus is located close to your upper teeth. When this sinus experiences problems like inflammation or infection, it can place pressure on your upper teeth. If you have a cold or a flu, there’s added pressure in your head and this sometimes translates to tooth pain.
The sinuses can also cause your lower teeth to ache. This is due to referred pain, when a problem in one area leads to pain in another. Swollen sinuses can also force the teeth into slightly “off” positions, leading your bite to feel a bit different. This may lead you to clench down and cause grinding-related pain.
Distinguishing Between Tooth Pain & a Sinus Infection
There are a few ways to tell where your pain is really coming from:
Sinus Infection Symptoms to Watch For
Identifying a potential sinus infection at home will be easier than diagnosing a cavity. Look for the following to rule out tooth decay -
Relieving Cold-Induced Tooth Pain
If you’re not finding pain relief at home, get in touch for professional help!