Teeth Can Cause Sinus Problems
When the EENT physician can find the cause of sinus problems, try calling a dentist. Abscessed teeth can cause sinus problems.
In a recent case study, a patient was having a lot of problems in her sinuses. The medical EENT physician (eyes, ears, nose and throat) did a thorough investigation of the patient’s sinuses along with blood tests. He finally correctly concluded that the problems were coming from a tooth, an upper molar.
The roots of the upper teeth are right next to the sinuses, from an anatomical standpoint. So, for example, if you have a sinus infection, the upper teeth can hurt from any movement like jogging. I’ve personally had this experience while having sinus problems. I’m sure glad I knew about this connection.
The endodontist performed an evaluation on the patient. He noticed the abscess on the x-ray. This indicated that the nerve inside the tooth is dead. The recommended treatment is to have root canal therapy performed on the afflicted tooth. This treatment was in fact performed and the symptoms were ameliorated.
As you might surmise, sinus problems can be a tricky business in the diagnosis, especially when you consider that the dentist usually looks in the mouth and the medical doctor rarely looks there. The evaluation has to start somewhere, and eventually we’ll get to the teeth if needed.
Also keep in mind that root canals can create some side effects in the sinus. If not done properly, debris inside the canals can be pushed into the sinus. This provides bacteria for infection. So, it’s important to keep tabs on pain and swelling.
Conversely, sinus infection can cause a toothache. So there are times the dentist will referring to an EENT. Whatever the case, it’s up to the individual to call a dentist or EENT for pain or swelling in the sinus area. A competent practitioner will recognize if it’s time to treat or refer.
Act quickly and visit your dentist if an unusual condition is developing.