It can be difficult to tell whether you are experiencing a sinus pressure headache or a toothache. In this blog post, we will discuss the relationship between the two and help you determine which one you might have. We will also describe the anatomy of the sinuses and teeth so that you can understand how they are related. Finally, we will discuss the differences between a toothache caused by sinus pressure and a toothache caused by a dental issue.
The Relationship Between the Sinuses and the Teeth
The sinuses and teeth are related because they both are part of the head and neck region. The sinuses are located in the bones around the nose. There are four main types of sinuses: the maxillary, ethmoid, frontal and sphenoid. The teeth are located in the bones of the jaw. There are four different types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars and molars.
When it comes to sinus pressure and toothaches, it involves the maxillary sinus cavity and the molars or premolars. The maxillary sinus cavity is located behind the cheek bones and inside of it is a thin layer of bone. This thin layer of bone has an opening that connects to the roots of your upper molars and premolars. If you have an infection or inflammation in this area, it can cause pain in both the teeth and sinuses.
Sinus Pressure and Toothaches: What is the Difference?
If you have a sinus pressure headache, it can feel similar to a toothache. You may experience pain in your upper teeth, jawbone and around your eye sockets. The pain might also be worse when you bend over or lay down.
Sinus pressure headaches are caused by the accumulation of fluid in the sinuses. This fluid can be a result of colds, allergies, or infections. The pressure and pain from the headache is usually felt on the forehead and around the eyes. Toothaches can be caused by a number of different things, such as cavities, gum disease, or abscesses. The pain from a toothache can be felt anywhere in the mouth, but it is most commonly felt on the gum line or between the teeth.
The common symptoms between a toothache caused by sinus pressure and one caused by a dental issue are pain and sensitivity. The difference between the two is that toothaches caused by sinus pressure can be treated with over-the-counter medicine, as well as other treatments like steam therapy, which involves breathing in steam to help loosen the mucus and congestion in the sinuses.
If your toothache is caused by a dental issue, on the other hand, then your pain will likely remain even after receiving treatment for a sinus infection. Additionally, you may also notice tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, and/or sweet foods, or your plain may even get worse. In these cases, you will likely need to see a dentist for treatment.
Hopefully this blog post has helped you better understand the relationship between sinus pressure and toothaches. If you are experiencing pain in your upper teeth, jawbone and around your eye sockets, it is possible that you could be suffering from a sinus pressure headache or toothache. If the pain persists after receiving treatment for a sinus infection, then it may be time to see the dentist for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Roman Fedorciw has been in private practice in Cromwell since 1991. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Dental Association and Middlesex County Dental Association. Dr. Fedorciw has been acknowledged by his peers as one of the “Top Dentists” in Hartford County by Hartford Magazine and in the state of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine.