Sinusitis and Toothache Can Be Confused

Sinuses are air-filled spaces in our head. There are a total of four sinus cavities, with the bony spaces on the forehead, the back of the nose, and on both sides of the nose. Inflammation of the mucous membranes on the inner surfaces of these cavities is also called sinusitis. Sinuses open into the nose through their own channels. In case of illness, the channels through which sinus fluids open into the nose are blocked due to mechanical obstructions such as polyps, deviations, allergic structure, immune-related disorders, and long-term use of nasal decongestants. When the channels are blocked, the secretions produced by our sinuses are trapped inside the sinus. The sinus is filled with the secretions it produces. This warm, secretion-filled environment of the clogged sinus creates the perfect environment for the growth of microbes. Now the person has sinusitis. The sinuses were filled with inflammatory yellow-green fluids and these fluids began to flow into the nasal passages.

Usually, pain is felt in that area in which sinus inflammation has occurred. If the sinuses in the forehead area are inflamed, pain is felt in the upper teeth, if the sinuses in the back of the nose are infected, on the forehead between the eyes, and in the face and ear if there are problems in the sinuses on both sides of the nose.

Toothache and sinusitis pain are often confused with each other. Usually, as a result of inflammation of the tooth roots in the upper jaw, a pain that spreads to the cheek and resembles sinusitis occurs. In short, if there is inflammation in the root of a tooth in the upper jaw, the patient feels as if they have tons of weight on their head, just like in sinusitis patients. In addition, disorders in the jaw joint can cause pain that mimics facial sinusitis. These pains, which commonly progress towards the ear in the cheek area, can be confused with sinusitis pain.

In addition, cysts, inflammation or caries in the roots of the teeth can cause sinusitis. Cysts, inflammations and caries in the tooth roots are among the important causes of sinusitis. If you suffer from symptoms such as bad breath and severe pain when touching the teeth, along with a runny nose, dental sinusitis may be considered. The cause of sinusitis should be well investigated. Because in sinusitis that develops due to inflammation in the root of the tooth, the inflamed tooth must be treated. Systemic drug therapy alone will not solve the problem. Cleaning the root of the inflamed tooth is also essential.

In summary, if you have sinusitis that does not last long or that recurs frequently, I recommend that you consult your dentist in addition to your ear, nose and throat doctor.

I wish you healthy days.


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