A Possible Toothache Trigger to Consider This Season
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
Wintertime is a wondrous season because of the festive spirit it evokes in most people. It is also a season during which we are more prone to come down with the flu. Interestingly enough, cold and flu season could also be associated with a higher rate of emergency dental visits due to toothaches. We want to discuss this phenomenon to help you better understand where a toothache may come from.
The Sinus Toothache
We’ve all heard of a sinus headache, but a sinus toothache? It’s a thing, and it’s pretty similar to the head pain that is related to the upper sinus cavity. You see, there are nerves that run through the sinuses, and blood vessels, as well. These structures, after passing the maxillary sinus, then travel through teeth roots. A sinus toothache may result from inflammation in this part of the sinus.
How this Happens
A sinus toothache can be very alarming because it masquerades as a real toothache. The culprit, though, is an inflamed sinus cavity. It is easy for the inflammation in this area to affect the vessels and nerves that pass through on their way to the mouth. This is because the separation between the maxillary sinus and the root-ends of the posterior, upper arch of teeth is paper-thin.
How do you tell?
It can feel reassuring to recognize a sinus toothache for what it is. However, it is important to pay close attention to symptoms, and to be very honest about them, so an authentic toothache is not accidentally overlooked. Usually, a sinus toothache occurs during cold and flu season or allergy season. The sensation of such a toothache may feel more like a moderate ache across all teeth, not just one. More than the actual type or severity of pain, though, is its presentation. One of the most telling symptoms of a sinus toothache is that pain becomes worse when moving. Looking up and then looking down, for instance, or bending over.