At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, 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 distinct location can be hard to pinpoint.
Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become swollen and infected, it can influence the teeth.
In extreme 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 begins in the pulp of the tooth and is commonly caused by tooth decay.
When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually bring about pain. An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.
Call Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. People from Mansfield and Grand Prairie come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
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