Is it sinus pressure or a toothache?- Elite Dental Care Tracy


21 October 2020

Is it sinus pressure or a toothache?- Elite Dental Care Tracy

Our human body is a confused biological system. Isn’t it? The Interlink of the organs is so complex and complicated within the body. To understand these complications in the structure of the body, one needs to study them and understand.

Various organs in the body are differently named and put into categories like cardiology, pulmonology, ENT, etc. and have detailed studies about them in medical sciences. Medical science is one of the fields in education where students study as per their interest and become doctors, and they are called cardiologists, opticians, etc. These doctors or medical practitioners help us with our health woes, and thankfully the evolving technology has made the medical sciences advanced that we can differentiate the discomfort of each organ of our body and know the root cause of our health issues.

One such confusing and bothering pain in the body is sinus pressure and toothache. Sinus and teeth both stay close to each other near the nasal cavity, and so if pain occurs, we will not be able to identify it.

However, a dentist will be able to judge if the pain is due to sinus pressure or a toothache. Before analyzing how to differentiate the pain between sinus and toothache, Let’s first study about sinus,

Here you go,

What is sinus?

The sinus is a hollow cavity situated in the skull. The bones of the face and near the nose has four types of sinuses (air-filled pockets).

  1. Maxillary sinus in the cheekbones (largest sinus).
  2. Ethmoid sinuses between the eyes.
  3. Sphenoid sinuses in the bones behind the nose.
  4. Frontal sinuses in the lower center of your forehead.

The largest sinus is a half-inch big than other sinuses. Sinuses are empty lined with a soft, pink tissue called mucosa and surrounded by a thin layer called mucus. The functions of the sinus are to humidify, filter the air we breathe in. It moisturizes the inner part of the nose by producing mucus. Sinuses lighten our skull or improve our voices. Mucus protects our nose from micro-organisms, pollutants, dirt, and dust.

What is a sinus infection?

Sinus infection is otherwise known as sinusitis. It causes due to tenderness or swelling in the tissue lining in the sinuses. If fluid fills the sinus, germs grow and cause a sinus infection resulting in cold or other allergies.

Sinus infection causes sharp pain due to two reasons:

  1. Roots of the top back teeth lie in closer vicinity to the maxillary sinus.
  2. Pressure built up in the head causes pain in the nerves enters the roots of the upper line of the teeth.

You cannot judge this pain if it is due to sinus pressure or toothache and need a health professional to check and confirm it.

For your reference, Our team from Elite Dental Care wants to provide a few symptoms that help you to decide if the tooth pain is due to an abscess, sinusitis, or dental issues.

A few symptoms of tooth pain due to abscess:

  1. Fever.
  2. Tastelessness
  3. Swelling
  4. Redness in the gums
  5. Bad taste in the mouth.
  6. Pain.

Symptoms of tooth pain due to Sinus infection:

  1. Headache
  2. Earache.
  3. Blocked nostrils.
  4. Fever
  5. Cough and sore throat
  6. Discharge down your throat
  7. Inflammation
  8. Intense pain or heaviness behind the cheekbones
  9. A come and go sharp pain while nodding the head.

Tooth pain due to the sinus occurs on both sides of the face and pushes it down to the teeth. Sinus pain does not cause discomfort or pain at once. It increases gradually and becomes intense if left untreated.

Symptoms of tooth pain due to poor oral health:

Bad oral hygiene is the one reason for poor oral health. Dental issues like the presence of cavities, tooth sensitivity, periodontal diseases, Bruxism, Dental abscesses cause pain in the teeth. Negligence or ignorance of treatment for the above dental issues intense their effect and causes unbearable tooth pain, which can be similar to that of the tooth pain caused due to sinusitis or abscess. In a few instances, if the dental issues are left untreated, they can lead to tooth extraction.

Diagnosis of pain:

If you have a history of tooth pain due to sinusitis or seasonal sinus issues, consult your doctor, schedule a personal health journal for the treatment with proper care. We (dentists) can check your teeth and determine the source of pain. If the dentist taps several upper back teeth, and they appear to be tender, then the tooth pain is due to sinusitis, or it can be the dental issues causing the discomfort.

On the Whole:

Regardless of the reasons for the discomfort, it is essential to consult your doctor to diagnose the source of pain and treat it immediately. Reaching the right doctor at the right time is crucial for your health.

If you or your loved ones are looking out for help in any of the dental issues, consult Elite Dental Care, Tracy, for the best services and affordable treatment.

Call us: +1 209 213 7808, or email:

We are happy to serve you and bring back your stunning smiles.