Do I Have Tooth Pain or a Sinus Infection?

 Azarko Marketing  Friday, June 30, 2017

Any kind of tooth pain is likely to cause people to worry and visit an Edmonton dental clinic, but not all tooth pain means that you have a cavity or other dental problems. At Azarko Dental Group we strive to educate our patients about the different symptoms of tooth pain caused by a sinus infection and tooth pain caused by dental problems such as cavities, so that they know whether they need to see one of our Edmonton dentists.

Tooth pain commonly accompanies sinus irritation in many people. The sinuses are located just above the oral cavity, and so a sinus infection can create an unconformable, painful sensation in the teeth. When the sinuses become infected and irritated, it is not uncommon for them to become swollen. Swollen sinuses, in turn, can put a lot of pressure on the upper teeth. Thankfully, due to the presence of many other symptoms, it is usually fairly easy to determine whether your tooth pain is caused by a sinus infection.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

Tooth pain caused by sinus pressure is usually spread out over a wider area and can't be pinpointed to a single tooth. It won't usually get worse unless the sinus infection also grows in severity. The pressure will also likely be accompanied by pain and pressure in other areas of the face, such as behind the cheeks and behind the eyes.

Other common symptoms of a sinus infection include:

  • A stuffy and runny nose
  • Yellow and green mucous
  • Postnasal drip
  • A cough
  • A decreased ability to smell
  • General fatigue and sleepiness
  • A headache localized behind the eyes

Symptoms of Tooth Pain

Tooth pain that is caused by tooth decay will typically feel very different from tooth pain caused by a sinus infection. The pain will feel sharp and throbbing, as opposed to the more spread out pain caused by a sinus infection. The pain will continue to get worse and may be accompanied by swollen and painful gums. Tooth pain may also cause a bad taste in the mouth, and, if the infection is very progressed, it may cause headaches and fevers as well.

If you don't think that your tooth pain is caused by a sinus infection, then it's time to visit an Edmonton dental clinic. Even if you're unsure, it's always better to err on the side of caution and have your tooth pain checked out by an experienced Edmonton dentist. Your dentist will be able to tell whether you have a cavity or whether any other dental problem may be causing your tooth pain.

Azarko Dental Group is here to help put your mind at ease if you are experiencing tooth pain of any kind. We have a conveniently located dental clinic in Edmonton, so don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.

Azarko West


14938 Stony Plain Rd.

Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8