Sinusitis is a common cause of tooth pain. Oftentimes, when upper teeth are hurting in the absence of a cavity or periodontal disease, it is related to the inflammation of the maxillary sinuses. The maxillary sinuses are in close proximity to upper molar tooth roots. If you have sinusitis, it often resolves within a few days.
Nasal decongestants are helpful but they should not be used long term for sinusitis. It can lead to prolonged/chronic sinusitis. Over the counter pain medication can relieve the pain associated with sinusitis. Nasal irrigation helps with sinusitis (1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized salt, 2 cups of distilled water or previously boiled water, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda mixed and used in a syringe to irrigate one nostril at a time).
Another way of relieving discomfort is a warm compress and/or inhalation of steam to reduce the aching around the face due to sinusitis. It is advisable to see a physician if the symptoms of sinusitis last more than a few days to a week.
To rule out any tooth related problems, dental radiographs are taken to evaluate upper molars and upper molar roots. Sometimes, the lining of the sinus presents differently on radiographs if there is sinusitis. In the absence of bone loss around upper molars, a tooth abscess or infection, or a caries lesion (tooth cavity), biting pressure or pain that is felt around upper back teeth can be associated with sinus problems.
If you are concerned about a toothache and would like to understand the possible causes of pain, contact us at Museum Smiles for a comprehensive oral evaluation. We do an exam of not only your teeth, but also surrounding tissues to have the full picture. A panoramic (full image of all teeth, upper, and lower jaw) radiograph is used as a diagnostic tool to aid in the dental examination.
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