Sinus infections commonly cause people to develop toothaches. We refer to these as sinus toothaches. Although the sinuses aren't located in your mouth, maxillary sinuses, located in the cheek bones, are very close to the roots of our upper molars. When the sinus is infected or inflamed, it can feel like the pain is coming from the nearby teeth. Other symptoms from sinus infections include nasal discharge, stuffy nose, and pressure in the face near sinuses.
Most sinus infections will get better on their own within 7 to 10 days, and there are several treatments to help ease the symptoms. The best way to relieve a sinus toothache is to reduce pressure in the sinuses by getting rid of the mucus. By drinking plenty of water, the mucus buildup can lessen and sinuses become more hydrated. Taking a hot shower can help with decongestion as well. Over the counter pain relievers can be helpful in reducing pain from toothaches due to sinus infections. The toothache should stop when the sinus infection goes away.
It is best to visit a dentist regularly or set up an appointment in the case of a toothache. The dentist will examine your teeth and determine whether it is related to a sinus infection or if there may be another cause such as cavities, periodontal disease, tooth grinding, or abscesses.
Please contact our office, Museum Smiles, at 817-870-5099, we would love to schedule an appointment to take care of any dental needs or questions you may have! Our office is conveniently located in downtown Fort Worth, and we happily see patients from Keller, Arlington, and Fort Worth Areas.