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When Dental Pain is a Sinus Issue Marietta, GA

When Dental Pain is a Sinus Issue

It only makes sense to visit your dentist when you have a toothache, and you definitely should. However, while your dentist can treat most dental discomfort, there are some cases where your toothache is coming from your sinuses. It may not be on your initial radar but your sinuses and your teeth are closely related. In fact, your upper molar teeth roots are so near the floor of the maxillary sinus cavity, that when your sinuses fill with fluid, the pressure can cause tooth pain. What can feel like a dental problem may actually be your first (or only) sign of a sinus infection.

Here are some ways to help you determine if your pain source is really in your mouth or your sinuses so that you can get the effective treatment you need.

Location: If a sinus infection is causing your dental discomfort, the pain is usually found in the upper back teeth, as these are the closest in proximity to your sinus cavity. In order to determine if a sinus infection is the root cause of a toothache, a dentist will typically perform a percussion test, which involves a gentle tap on each tooth to establish your exact location of pain. Pain located in all of the teeth signifies a sinus-related infection.

Other symptoms: It is important to evaluate yourself for other sinus-related symptoms too. If you have tenderness in your mid-face area, nasal congestion or headache, there is a good chance that you have a sinus infection that is also causing your maxillary tooth pain.

Worse With Movement: A common characteristic of a sinus toothache is that the pain will increase in intensity when you move, yet subside when you are lying down or sitting. Take a quick self test and jump up and down. If you feel a stronger throbbing pain in your upper teeth, a sinus toothache is the likely diagnosis.

You will need to see your physician for proper treatment of a sinus infection, as most cases will require a round of antibiotics. You doctor or dentist may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory or pain reliever to alleviate your discomfort. Leaving a sinus infection untreated can make it more difficult to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine, as the excess fluid and drainage often causes bad breath and sensitive teeth may make brushing unpleasant.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

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Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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