Spring has sprung and along with it seasonal allergies for many people. Beyond the annoying runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing, those allergies can also cause allergy sufferers to experience tooth pain, especially those in the area of your sinuses – your upper molars.
We often see patients who aren’t sure if the facial pain they are experiencing is due to those pesky allergies and the related sinus pressure or if it has something to do with their teeth or jaw. Whatever it is, they usually want to know two things: How to relieve tooth pain from sinus pressure and Do I see a dentist or a doctor for this tooth pain?
Do I See My Dentist or Doctor?
Take a look at your symptoms. If you are unsure, start with your dentist.They will look at x-rays and the condition of your teeth to determine if you are grinding your teeth, have a tooth abscess, a cavity or other tooth and jaw related problems.
If your dentist determines all is well, the next step can be to your doctor or urgent care who can determine if you have a sinus infection or congestion and prescribe the right kind of allergy relief, antibiotics or pain relievers.
How do I relieve the pain?
Tooth pain from a sinus infection feels dull, like pressure on your teeth. You can experience this just from significant pressure as well from a cold with sinus congestion or seasonal allergies.
How to relieve tooth pain from sinus pressure: see your doctor for prescription or over-the-counter remedies to reduce sinus inflammation and/or infection. If the tooth pain doesn’t subside with the clearing of the sinus issue, see your dentist.
A toothache can be caused by a broken tooth, and those in the back of your mouth, especially on the top, can resemble sinus related tooth pain. But pain from a broken tooth or a tooth abscess will be more severe. Any tooth pain with swelling of the gums is likely a tooth issue and not a sinus one.
Relieving tooth pain from dental concerns: Resolve the root cause of tooth pain by seeing your dentist. While over the counter tooth pain gels/products will help, they are only meant for temporary relief until you can get to the dentist.
Jaw pain usually impacts the areas near your ears, which can also be confused with the back teeth and sinuses. If you experience jaw popping, or noises when you open and close your mouth, or feel tenderness when chewing, it is more likely a jaw or tooth concern rather than a sinus one.
Stop jaw pain: See your dentist for options on bite adjustments, jaw realignment and oral appliances (mouth guards) to reduce tooth grinding, clenching or misalignments that result in jaw pain.
If you are questioning how to relieve tooth pain from sinus pressure on a regular basis, it is important to speak to your dentist to rule out any dental concerns, then see your doctor for sinus treatment options. Find a PERFECT TEETH dentist in your area online or call 844-717-9588 to make an appointment for relief today!