Posted on 12/10/2018 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Sometimes, your tooth pain is caused by a cavity, bacteria in the root, or problems in the gum. But sometimes, the pain in your mouth or teeth is actually caused by your sinuses. If that's the case, it won't matter how many times you brush or use mouthwash—you'll still be in pain.
If you often have toothaches and nasal congestion, your true problem may be a blocked sinus.
How Can Sinus Pain Radiate into the Teeth?
Most people know that the sinuses are located in the front of the face not far from the top of the mouth. These empty cavities contain a mucous membrane that catches both good and bad bacteria. When this membrane gets infected, it can become inflamed. That blocks up the passage, creating an environment where bad bacteria can begin to back up and multiply. That leads to a sinus infection.
If you've ever felt your sinuses draining phlegm down the back of your throat or had a constant horrible taste in your mouth, you probably had a sinus infection. That's a common symptom, although it's not the only one.
A Maxillary Sinus Infection
The maxillary sinuses are those that run along the inside of your cheekbones near the jaw. When the sinus infection occurs in the maxillary sinuses, it puts pressure on your jaw bone. That pressure affects your upper teeth, especially those in the back of your mouth. That leads to sensitive teeth and pain. Sinus toothaches can be incredibly painful.
Some people find it even worse than normal toothaches because they can't seem to do anything to make the pain lessen. All of the normal tricks that people use to manage pain before they can make an appointment to come see us simply don't work.
Any time you have tooth pain, you need to call and make an appointment to come see us as soon as you can. There's no reason for you to be in pain, regardless of the cause. We'll determine what's behind your pain and help you treat it.