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 individual location can be hard to pinpoint. Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can impact your teeth. In severe cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also take place. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth in Oceanside 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 prevalent type of oral abscess stems from the pulp of the tooth and is generally caused by cavities. When an abscessed tooth in Oceanside is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually start to cause pain. An abscess can cause tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jaw bone tissue.
If an abscess damages the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.
How can you tell a sinus infection from an abscessed tooth in Oceanside?
Sinus pain typically manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth in Oceanside increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will probably feel a sharp pain.
You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both issues—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.
Call Oceanside Dental Excellence if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. If it’s a sinus infection, your doctor can help you. This is a situation where you need counsel from both your dental and medical care provider. If you have questions about general or restorative dentistry in Oceanside, don’t hesitate to give us a call.