Can teeth cause a sinus problem?

Juli 9, 2008 pukul 6:03 am | Ditulis dalam gigi dan mulut | 13 Komentar

Your teeth connected to your sinuses. the alveolar process connects the upper teeth to the maxillary sinuses. When your upper teeth become infected with bacteria, the infection may extend to the maxillary sinuses causing you to experience symptoms similar to sinusitis.

How can teeth cause a sinus problem?

Your maxillary sinuses are connected to the oral cavity and the upper tooth roots by a ‘U’ shaped process, called the alveolar. When the roots of your maxillary teeth become infected due to any underlying dental disorders, the infection may extend into the maxillary sinuses through the alveolar process. If left untreated, this extension may develop into a sinus infection.

Poor oral hygiene can cause increased growth of bacteria along the teeth and gum area. This bacterial buildup may increase the chances of bacteria entering your sinuses and causing an infection. In the case of a very bad dental disorder, an abscess can form below the gum line, if left untreated the bacteria causing the abscess can burrow up into the maxillary sinus cavity and cause a very severe sinus infection.

difference between dental pain and sinus pain

Sinus pain, especially when the maxillary sinuses are involved, is very similar to dental pain, i.e. whether you have a sinus toothache or dental toothache your cheeks will still be sensitive to touch.

Slight differences between dental and sinus pain may be found in this table:

Sinus Pain

Dental Pain

  • Sinus toothache is usually followed by an inflammation or infection of the maxillary sinuses.
  • Dental pain is usually followed by tooth or gum disease.
  • Sinus pain occurs when there is a pressure build up in the maxillary sinuses due to an infection or inflammation. Intense pain is felt in the maxillary region. (Maxillary sinus pain is often confused with dental pain)
  • Dental pain is the body’s way of alerting you that there’s a problem with your teeth. When dental pain or a throbbing toothache is felt, you should visit a dentist immediately.
  • With sinus toothache, the fluid pressure in the maxillary sinuses causes the upper back teeth to ache. The maxillary sinus pain can be spontaneous; it may occur suddenly, and your upper back teeth may feel sensitive when you chew. This feeling is referred to by dentists as sinus toothache.
  • Pain caused by gum or tooth disease may affect any of your teeth, both the top and bottom set. It could also cause your gums to become inflamed and start to recede. Gum disease is usually called gingivitis.
  • Symptoms of sinus toothache include:
    • Swollen gums
    • Tenderness in the cheekbone
    • Facial swelling
    • Throbbing headache
    • Fatigue
    • A runny nose




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