Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, many patients come in with a toothache. In some cases, the toothache is a secondary symptom of a sinus condition. Let’s discuss the relationship.

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the particular location can be hard to pinpoint.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can affect the teeth.

In severe cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also take place. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

  • An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most prevalent type of oral abscess initiates in the pulp of the tooth and is ordinarily caused by tooth decay.
  • When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually result in pain.
  • An abscess can cause entire tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.
  • If an abscess damages the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?

Sinus pain generally manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will probably feel a sharp zap of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both issues—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

If you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area, call us at Crystal Dental Group. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

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The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment we do at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. It is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. The tissue can be compromised by one of the following:

An injury to the tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out first. The space that is left is cleaned and then shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled. It would require continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.

We hope this post helps you better understand the root canal, an effective and sometimes necessary procedure. Accurate dental information is important. Crystal Dental Group in High Point offers general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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