How To Relieve Tooth Pain From Sinus Pressure

Soft Touch Dentistry, Dr. Andrew Owyoung

More than 30 million adults suffer from sinus infections, or sinusitis, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It occurs when air cavities within the passage of your nose become inflamed or swell up. It’s usually caused by a virus, trapping fluid and allowing a buildup of mucus in the nasal cavities.

In addition to symptoms like a stuffy nose, headache, and sore throat, another unpleasant side effect of a sinus infection can be one that few people suspect — pressure on dental nerve endings. This can cause pain in one or more of your teeth, including upper rear teeth that are close to the sinuses.

If you have sinusitis and dental discomfort, there are ways to end the ache. Try these tips to relieve tooth pain from sinus pressure:

Pinpoint when the tooth pain started

Tooth pain coinciding with a sinus infection means the pain should subside with the clearing of the sinus issue. However, if the timing is suspect, then it’s time to call the dentist.  

At Soft Touch Dentistry, we’ll be able to look at your symptoms and assess the condition of your teeth to determine if there’s more going on than a sinus problem.  

It’s important to note any tooth pain you’re experiencing, even if you believe it could be caused by sinus pressure. To be thorough, we’ll look for things like cavities and dental abscesses, as well as swollen gums, to rule out such issues.

Ruling out a dental cause for a toothache means a sinus condition is a likely culprit, but we’ll take the time to understand and address your needs in order to help ease the pain.

Stay hydrated to combat sinus pressure

Water is essential to hydrate the membranes in your sinus cavities and encourage drainage. In addition, the National Institutes of Health say it’s good to stock up on liquids that contain electrolytes your body needs. That’s because electrolytes affect how your body functions, and they’re not found in water.

Beyond drinking water when you can, adding a steamy shower to your day or putting a warm compress on your face can also temporarily relieve sinus pressure.

Use decongestants and expectorants

If sinusitis symptoms are severe and last for more than a week, Harvard Health Publishing suggests a visit to your primary care physician. Otherwise, over-the-counter decongestants and expectorants can also offer fast relief. That’s because they’re designed to keep mucus loose and your nasal passages clear.

Pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen can also relieve sinus pressure and pain.

Sleep away your sinus pressure

For sinus pain and congestion relief, you really need quality rest. But the secret to a restful night’s sleep might be in the way you put yourself to bed.

Experts say lying flat in bed allows mucus to build up in your sinuses, where it will continue to clog your nasal cavities and potentially cause tooth pain, disrupting sleep.

For relief, it’s best to be in a propped, or even tilted position. This could mean elevating your head on a few pillows and maintaining a position where your head is above your heart, decreasing blood flow pooling in the nose.

Don’t spend another day with tooth pain

No one enjoys living with sinus pain and toothaches, but some people are hesitant to call a dentist if they believe the root of the problem could be their sinuses.

Here at Soft Touch Dentistry, Dr. Andrew Owyoung and his staff take patient concerns seriously.  If you have tooth pain related to sinus pressure, don’t hesitate to make an appointment.

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