There’s no worse experience than tooth pain. It can be a throbbing, aching feeling that radiates from your mouth to your jaw. Eventually a tooth pain can give you a terrible headache. If you’re really unlucky, your tooth pain can lead to nausea, migraines and joint pain.
But is the source of this pain simply your teeth? It’s important to get to the root cause of the problem. There is a chance that your tooth pain is caused by a blocked sinus. If you suffer from chronic nasal congestion as well as toothaches, the two might be related. Read ahead for valuable information that can help you in a dental emergency.
It’s time to stop letting tooth pain run your life. No more missed days at work and missing out on time with your friends and family! Stop suffering and get to the ‘root’ of the problem! If your tooth pain is caused by chronic nasal congestion, a natural sinus remedy can solve the problem.
Tooth pain caused by a blocked sinus. It’s explained in the anatomy.
First, we need to explain exactly what a sinus is and what it does. Your sinuses are empty cavities in your skull that are filled with air. Their general purpose is to warm the outside air before it reaches your lungs. Your sinuses are lined with a mucous membrane, a place where both friendly and unfriendly bacteria live.
This membrane can become inflamed and infected. If this happens, it can block the nasal passage, and the passage can become packed with mucous. Bacteria can then become trapped, and it will multiply and cause a sinus infection. This is painful and often results in a ‘bad taste’ in your mouth.
There are a few different types of sinuses in your head. Your maxillary sinuses are located inside your cheekbones, above your upper jaw. If you have an infection in your maxillary sinus, pressure starts to build and then it presses down on your jaw bones.
It makes sense that when you have a sinus toothache, it usually affects your upper back teeth. These are closer to your maxillary sinuses and are more prone to problems.
The roots of the pain? It is the roots of the upper molar teeth! They can be very close to the floor of your sinus cavity (sometimes even extending inside). The nerves of your roots will be affected by the swelling and pressure. Even though your teeth might be in good health, you will experience sensitive teeth. This is a sinus toothache, and it can be very painful. The longer the blocked sinus lasts, the greater the tooth pain.
Many people may think that their chronic nasal congestion is caused by allergies or a cold. If you have long-lasting nasal congestion, you should visit your doctor. Don’t ignore this symptom – it can lead to many problems in the future.
How can you tell if a blocked sinus is causing your toothache?
There’s one MAIN way to know if your tooth pain is due to blocked sinus.
Try bending over. Does the pain increase? If so, your tooth pain is caused by a sinus problem. The pressure shifts in your sinus when you bend over, causing pain in your teeth.
If you experience more pain when you bend over, your toothache is caused by a sinus infection. The pain might also increase right after you have a cold or flu, or when you are on an airplane.
If you have tooth pain related to a blocked sinus, you will experience certain symptoms. One of the main symptoms is that your face, jaw and nasal area will feel tender and sore. Many people describe the pain as a constant dull ache, rather than a sharp pain.
If you feel a sharp and increasing pain, you might have an abscess in your mouth. If you have an abscess, you need to seek treatment right away.
While most people feel their blocked sinus pain in their upper teeth, the ache can spread to the lower teeth as well. This is called ‘referred pain,’ and it is very common in the mouth. Your dentist or doctor can help to determine what is going on with your teeth and sinuses. Even if you feel pain in an unrelated tooth, they’ll be able to determine the real problem.
If any of these sound familiar, it is time to head to the doctor. An acute maxillary sinus infection can go unnoticed for a long time. It can be easily confused with chronic nasal congestion. Your doctor can tell you exactly what is wrong and help you to end the pain.
Deviated sinus symptoms and tooth pain
Do you suffer from chronic nasal congestion? Maybe you regularly suffer from sinusitis and sinus tooth pain? There is a chance that you have a deviated septum.
The nasal septum is the little bit of tissue that separates your nostrils. While a healthy septum runs down the center of the nose, this is not the case for most people. Almost 80% of us have a deviated septum. This means that one nostril is narrower than the other.
While this doesn’t cause problems for most people, for others it can difficulty breathing. A deviated septum can cause one nostril to become blocked. This can lead to chronic sinus infections.
Mucous in the narrow nostril can become thick and blocked, preventing proper drainage. This attracts bacteria and inflames your sinuses. If you have recurring sinus infections, you will likely suffer from tooth pain as a result.
Deviated septum symptoms can be painful and lead to tooth pain. Talk to your doctor about solutions to this problem.
How to treat tooth pain caused by a blocked sinus
Have your symptoms lasted more than a week? Are you suffering from severe tooth pain caused by a blocked sinus? If so, it is time to go to see the doctor. You and your doctor can discuss a treatment program. With their help, you can end your sinus infection and ease your toothache.
Your doctor is likely to prescribe you corticosteroid drops or a spray, and/ or an antibiotic. While sometimes these medicines are necessary, they may not ease your symptoms. If your tooth pain persists you should see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist. At this point, they may want to discuss your surgical options.
Once you have cured the infection, it is time to start thinking about solving the problem for good.
Natural remedies for sinusitis
It’s normal to want to treat the current sinus infection quickly. That said, it is a good idea to get to the root of the problem. Treating your chronic nasal congestion can end your toothaches for good. This will let you get back to your normal life.
Once you treat the tooth pain, you can tackle your underlying problem. Here are some natural remedies for sinusitis:
- Flush your sinuses. Use a neti pot or a saline solution to flush your sinuses. This will also keep them moist.
- Do not over-use nasal sprays. Over the counter, nasal sprays are habit forming and can cause more problems than they solve.
- Try a bromelain supplement. Bromelain is an ingredient in pineapple stems and can help reduce swelling in the body. Check with your doctor before taking this supplement.
- Steam your face. Hot steam can really moisten your sinuses and loosen mucus. Try a hot shower or a steam tent.
- Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated is key when it comes to a natural remedy for sinusitis.
- Spicy foods. Chili peppers, mustard, and horseradish can all help clear your sinuses.
- Try a humidifier. This will keep the air in your home moist and easy to breathe.
Cure your tooth pain today!
If you suffer from tooth pain caused by a blocked sinus, there are many treatments out there. By finding a way to ease your sinus pain, you can put a stop to your toothaches and get back to living your life.
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