As the nation and our community copes with the fast-moving spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus we hope you and yours are in good health during these stressful times. The National and State Dental Associations have provided guidelines recommending Dental Offices postpone elective procedures. Any patients with appointments that have to be cancelled will be notified by our team shortly.

We will be closing our office starting Wednesday, March 18th and plan to reopen on Tuesday, April 21st. We thank you for your patience during this interruption and hope to see you when we re-open, happy and healthy. Please contact us at 512-637-7333 if you have a true dental emergency or if there are any questions and we will respond back as quickly as we can.

How to Relieve Tooth Pain From Sinus Pressure

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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