When is a Toothache More Than a Toothache?
Your teeth are complicated objects. Their job is fairly simple; cut and grind your food and allow you to enunciate your words clearly. Yet, when your teeth are bothered or sensitive, there could be a number of different reasons, making treatment for tooth sensitivity a bit more complex. Dallas dentist Dr. Brock Lynn explains one condition under which a toothache may not be a dental trouble at all, but a common infection–sinusitis
…When It’s an Infection
If your toothache occurs at the same time as a cold that seems to get worse, or at least doesn’t seem to improve, there may be more than coincidence to blame. Your sinuses are a series of connected chambers in the nasal area of your skull through which air passes when you inhale. These chambers are lined with a soft tissue called mucosa, similar to the tissue that lines the inside of your mouth, and are susceptible to bacterial and viral infection. A sinus infection, or sinusitis, affects these hollow chambers, leading to symptoms including excessive mucus production and congestion. Another common symptom is inflammation of the sinuses, the largest of which (called the maxillary sinuses) are located above the roots of your upper teeth.
Sinuses Are Bad Neighbors
Because of their close proximity to your teeth, swollen maxillary sinuses can place pressure on your upper teeth’s roots, causing discomfort that can fool you into believing something is wrong with your teeth. Actual dental issues that cause tooth sensitivity include tooth decay, roots that are exposed due to gingivitis, or a cracked or fractured tooth that has exposed the tooth’s dentin or pulp. If your teeth are sensitive, see Dr. Lynn as soon as possible to determine whether or not a dental issue needs to be addressed. To schedule a dental consultation, contact your Dallas dentist by calling Lynn Dental Care at 972-934-1400. Located in the 75240 area, we proudly serve patients from Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and all surrounding communities.