Toothache Or Sinus Infection?

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Do you have a toothache, or is it a sinus infection?

Many people experience the hassles of a toothache, especially during the winter season. What many patients don't realize is it could have nothing to do with their teeth. It could be a sinus infection.

What are sinuses? How do they get infected?

Sinuses are air-filled cavities inside the skull, behind the cheekbones, forehead and nose. They are lined with a mucous membrane and are typically empty except for this layer.  When viruses or bacteria infect the sinus cavity, it causes inflammation. This is called sinusitis, more commonly known as a sinus infection. Sometimes this inflammation may cause a throbbing or sore sensation in the upper teeth. This is known as a sinus toothache.

A sinus toothache is not always so easy to identify and may appear as a regular toothache. While there are many other symptoms that can cause such pain, it is important to be seen by your regular dentist so they can properly identify what is causing your pain. Treatment for a sinus infection can be as easy and simple as an antibiotic regimen.