If you've been experiencing tooth discomfort and sinus pressure at the same time, you may wonder if you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist or your general doctor.
Although it may not seem like it, your teeth and sinuses are connected, and it all has to do with how close the root of your teeth is to the lining of the sinus.
Let's learn more!
The Connection Between Your Teeth and Sinuses
Your teeth extend deeply into your gums. In fact, less than half of the tooth is visible. The vast majority of it is rooted deep into our gums and very close to the nose. And next to that area, there is also the sinus lining, a thin layer that protects our sinuses.
Because of their very close proximity, issues with our teeth can affect our sinuses and vice versa.
If you have a tooth infection located very close to the base of the root, then you may also experience symptoms that are very similar to a sinus problem. Likewise, if you have a sinus infection, then you may experience pressure and discomfort around your teeth, making you think that you have a dental problem too.
How to Tell the Difference Between a Sinus Infection and Dental Problem
It may be a bit confusing to experience not dental and sinus symptoms and not know which specialist you need to see.
So, how can you tell the difference between a dental problem and a sinus one?
Usually, a sinus infection comes with a host of symptoms that you don't usually feel in the case of a tooth infection, such as:
- Post-nasal drip
- Sinus pressure
- Mild fever
In the case of a tooth infection, while you may experience fever and sinus pressure, you will not feel any post-nasal drip.
It is possible, though, for a tooth infection to extend so deep into the gum that it will penetrate the sinus lining and cause a sinus infection too. However, these cases are quite rare, but it's still good to see your dentist if you are experiencing dental pain and sinus pressure.
Book an Appointment with Us If You Feel Any Dental Discomfort
It can be hard to tell the difference between a dental problem and sinusitis. Instead of just waiting for the issues to go away on their own or trying different remedies, it's best to book an appointment with your dentist and let them determine what the issue is and what needs to be done next.
And, if you are looking for a friendly and trusted dental practice, we invite you to meet the team at Shine Dental.
We have a personalized approach and tailor every treatment to the needs and requirements of our patients.
Go to our contact page now to get in touch with us and book your appointment.