There's a definite relationship between a sinus infection and tooth pain. Maxillary sinusitis pain can be felt throughout the jaw, teeth, cheeks and eyes. Pain is most often felt along the top row of teeth and causes swelling of the palate. Despite the close relationship between a sinus infection and toothache, there are ways to determine if the pain is sinus related or dental related.
Tooth pain can be a symptom of a sinus infection caused by allergies or bacteria, or the sinus infection can be caused by an infection in the maxillary teeth.
Several agents can trigger a sinus infection such as allergies, chemical irritant or an infected maxillary tooth. An infection in the maxillary teeth leads to maxillary sinusitis. This type of sinus infection causes pain in the teeth and pain or tenderness, below the eye and cheekbone.
A toothache related to a sinus infection is related to an infection in the maxillary sinuses. The pressure that builds in the maxillary sinuses causes tooth pain in the upper back teeth. You may feel it most when chewing food. This pain is referred to as a sinus toothache. If you're experiencing pain in several teeth, rather than one tooth, it's likely the pain is associated with a sinus infection.
Dental pain differs from sinus pain. Usually dental pain is accompanied by tooth or gum disease, which is usually referred to as gingivitis. Dental pain is a sign there's a problem with your teeth, not your sinuses. Dental pain can affect any of your teeth because the pain is related to either gum or tooth disease. If you still find it difficult to distinguish dental pain from sinus pain, meet with your dentist. If the dentist cannot find a dental problem for the source of your pain, then meet with your medical doctor to determine if the pain is related to a sinus infection.
Evidence of a sinus infection can include nasal congestion, headache, discharge in the back of the throat, fever, tooth pain and fatigue. You can even experience tenderness on both sides of the face or pressure under the eyes.
Treatment for sinus infections involve antibiotics, decongestants and antihistamines. Increase your intake of vitamin C, especially if you feel a cold coming on. Vitamin C supplements, foods rich with vitamin C or orange juice can help your avert a sinus infection. Prevent spreading germs with regular hand washing. Use tissue for blowing your nose instead of a handkerchief that cultivates the growth of bacteria.