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Is It Sinus Pressure or a Toothache?


Posted on 2/7/2022 by Front Desk
Is It Sinus Pressure or a Toothache?Having some pain or aches in the mouth may be a sign of some oral health issue. While some are easy to point out the source of the ache, oftentimes you may find that your self-diagnosis could be wrong. One case is that of sinus pressure. It is so similar to a toothache, and differentiating them may be hard. Here, we have clearly outlined each one and how best to identify them.

What is a Toothache


A toothache is a painful feeling located inside or around a tooth. A toothache usually stems from dental issues such as tooth abscesses, tooth decay, bruxism, cracked teeth or even bacterial infection. Toothaches are usually a sharp pain or a throbbing pain restricted to the area where the affected tooth is. Sometimes the pain may accompany some swelling or even fever.

What is a Sinus Pressure?


Sinus Pressure is a dull pain that results from an inflammation in the sinuses. Our largest sinuses are in a cavity right above the upper jaw back teeth. When they suffer inflammation, they cause pain in the teeth roots around them. These pain are usually less intense and are more present in the gums. While toothaches focus in a specific area around the tooth, sinus pressure is usually felt in wider areas.

How Do You Tell The Difference?


While toothaches can be really disturbing, sinus pressure is usually felt on either side of the face. Pressing down on a suspicious tooth is also a good way of finding out which one it is. If you do not feel an immediate and direct pain, then it is possibly sinus pressure. Sinus pressure often comes with symptoms like runny or blocked nose, sore throat, pain in the cheekbone area. While you may feel like concluding based on these symptoms, it is always best to get our professional diagnosis for medical opinion. Contact us today, so we can help you clarify if you have a toothache or any sinus pressure.


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