An oral surgeon may not be the first medical professional you think to call when you have sinus pain, but surprisingly, they may be able to help you the most, depending on the source of your discomfort.
Sinus conditions can seriously interfere with your life. From swelling and drainage to constant headaches and congestion, sinus infections can make you feel like you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning.
What’s causing your pain and how can an oral surgeon help?
The Sinus Cavities
Your face contains seven sinus cavities. Two — the maxillary cavities — are adjacent to your jawbone. Have you ever noticed a sinus infection can make your teeth hurt? This is because infections cause the cavities to fill with fluid, which in turn puts pressure on your jaw, causing pain.
Could Dental Health Problems Be the Cause?
In some cases, you might assume you have a sinus infection, but it could be your teeth and jaw causing your sinus pain. Sinus infections can cause tooth pain, but the opposite can be true as well.
Several oral health conditions can affect your sinuses. First, you could have an abscessed tooth. An abscess fills with fluid and must be drained and cleaned. If it’s not taken care of, it can grow and potentially fill the sinus. Your dentist or oral surgeon can resolve the infection and get you on the road to recovery.
You could also have a complication with a dental implant. If the titanium rod used as the tooth’s root breaks into the sinus cavity, it can cause infection and pain. Monitor all facial and dental pain closely after a dental implant procedure, and see your oral surgeon right away if you have any complications during the healing process.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a problem with the joint that connects your upper and lower jaws. It’s common for the symptoms of TMJ to feel like a sinus infection. While your oral surgeon explores all possible nonsurgical treatment options for TMJ, in some cases joint surgery is necessary to eliminate oral and sinus pain.
Visit Your Oral Surgeon
At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to working toward complete healing for either your sinus or oral health issues. We team up with your primary care physician and your dentist to deliver the highest level of care — the care you deserve.
If you are looking for an oral surgeon with your best interests at heart, come to Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, a practice focused on the well-being of every patient we treat.