Sinus Toothache - Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and Remedies
The classic sinus toothache is caused by a sinus infection and not a tooth condition at all.
It occurs when the maxillary sinuses (located above the back teeth) become infected and inflamed, affecting the surrounding area with pressure that is often unbearable.
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Because the maxillary sinuses are located just under the cheeks and some of the roots from the teeth (upper back molars, premolars, etc) extend into their territory, it mimics a toothache in such a way even a dentist can have trouble distinguishing between the two problems.
On the flipside, when your upper teeth become infected with bacteria, the infection may extend to the maxillary sinuses, causing you to experience symptoms similar to sinusitis. This can occur because the sinuses are connected to the oral cavity (including the upper tooth roots). So in this instance, if the teeth become infected, it can infiltrate the sinuses, causing similar symptoms as well. At this point, and if left untreated, the sufferer can be troubled by either a dental or a sinus condition.
Poor oral hygiene can promote bacteria growth in the mouth. Any buildup can increase the chances of bacteria entering the sinuses and causing an infection, in turn causing a sinus toothache. Often, the teeth actually go unaffected while the infection burrows into the sinus cavity to become inflamed and cause all the trouble.
Signs and symptoms of a sinus toothache can include swollen gums, tenderness in the upper cheek area, as well as facial swelling, a throbbing headache, runny nose and sometimes even fatigue. You can see why it would be easy to confuse the two, as any pressure in the maxillary sinus area will put pressure on the nerves entering the roots of the teeth.
Aside from cheek sensitivity, a sinus toothache is generally followed by a build-up of fluid just above the cheek under the eye that is recognizable by swelling and intense pain that can surround the eye, including the temple and upper back teeth.
A sinus infection can be hard to treat, sometimes requiring longer periods on antibiotics for effective treatment. There are several natural remedies that have been proven effective for the relief of sinus ailments. Among them is garlic, which is a natural antibacterial. Take capsules up to three times a day. Essential oil of clove can act as a pain reliever when dropped on cotton and put into the mouth and the affected area.
Turmeric paste (mix a small amount of water with turmeric powder) can be helpful with a sinus toothache. The spice is antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory and can be applied directly to the area in pain. Ginger root can work as an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever as well. Just do not use it if you suffer any type of gall bladder ailment.
Oregon grape root tincture makes a good choice as it is an antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory all in one. It will work well for both infection as well as pain if about 20 drops are added to water and taken up to three times a day.
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