Did you know that the source of tooth pain is sometimes sinus pressure? In this blog post, we’ll explore how sinus pressure can translate to tooth pain, and we’ll let you know what you can do about it.
Sinuses & Your Teeth
Inflammation, congestion, or infection in the sinuses can cause concurrent tooth pain. This is because your upper back teeth are situated quite close to your sinuses. Extra fluid or an increase in pressure in the sinuses can push painfully on the nearby tooth roots. This typically manifests as a dull toothache, as if something is pressing on your tooth, or you might feel sensitivity when chewing.
Tips to Relieve a Sinus Toothache
- Stay Hydrated – If you’re suffering from sinus problems and a consequent toothache, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated helps your body get well again. Warm soup and herbal tea can also soothe the painful area.
- Alternate Hot & Cold Compress – Loosen secretions in your sinuses with a hot towel or washcloth placed on your sinuses. After three minutes, switch to a cold compress for 30 seconds to help reduce inflammation and dull the pain. Do that two more times. Repeat the whole sequence three more times throughout the day.
- Over-the-Counter NSAID – OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, reduce pain and inflammation. Be sure to carefully follow the medication’s instructions and take the pill with food or a glass of milk to prevent nausea and damage to your stomach lining.
- Visit Us & Your Primary Care Physician – Whether it’s infection, inflammation, allergies, or even something not related to your sinuses, your healthcare providers will help you address the reason for your tooth pain.
Treating Tooth Pain at Southwest Smiles in Austin, TX
Severe tooth pain is not something that should ever be ignored. We leave room in our schedule each day to address any unexpected dental issues that you might experience. Be sure to save our office number into your phone–you never know when you’ll need it!