At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, it’s quite common for 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 to 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 individual location can be hard to identify.
Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can affect the teeth.
In acute cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also occur. 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 frequent type of oral abscess originates in the pulp of the tooth and is often caused by tooth decay.
When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually bring about pain.
An abscess can cause complete tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.
If an abscess hurts 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.
Call the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. Our services include family and special needs dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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