What Do a Stuffy Nose and a Toothache Have in Common?

girl with sinus troubles 300x228 What Do a Stuffy Nose and a Toothache Have in Common?Well into the cold and flu season, sneezing and nose-blowing is a fairly common sight. So are toothaches, since the cooler weather can aggravate teeth that are sensitive from decay or damage. However, some people may visit the dentist for a toothache only to find that their teeth are in excellent shape, or at least do not exhibit a reason for sensitivity. For many people, their dental discomfort may not be a dental issue at all. Miami dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, explains how a sinus infection may be causing your unexplained toothache.

What is a Sinus Infection?

Although the term sinus infection is familiar to many people, especially those who have experienced one, the mechanics of the malady are not as well-known. Your sinuses are a system of hollow areas within your skull, located in your nasal area and lined with a thin layer of mucosa (similar to the tissue that lines the inside of your mouth). This soft tissue is subject to viral or bacterial infection, which results in tissue inflammation and increased mucus production (stuffy and runny nose). The largest of these areas, called the maxillary sinuses, are located in the cheekbones, close to your upper jaw and the teeth that are rooted there.

Spreading the Joy of Inflammation

As your sinuses swell from infection, especially your maxillary sinuses, the inflammation can place undue pressure on the tooth roots held by the upper jaw. Your tooth roots connect to the center of the tooth, called the pulp, where the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels are contained. This pressure can lead to symptoms of toothache and discomfort similar to those experienced from dental trauma or tooth decay. If you experience tooth sensitivity, schedule a consultation with Dr. Garg today to determine if a dental issue is to blame. Contact your Miami dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.

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