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How can you tell the difference between cavity, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

How can you tell the difference between cavity, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Pain-tooth/sinus: Inital symptoms for cavities, sensitive teeth and sinus pain can be similar. Sensitivity to drinking cold or hot beverages, or eating certain solids can isolate the problem to the mouth. Discoloration of a tooth with pain/numbness and sensitivity not responding to soft brushing and toothpase for sensitive teeth leans toward a cavity. Cold/congestion over 1 week with fever may suggest sinus issues. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Please describe to me the difference between tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Please describe to me the difference between tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Pain is pain: Tooth decay creates tooth sensitivity, sinus pain can simulate tooth pain because of the pressure placed on the main nerve that runs in the floor of the sinus cavity. Sinus pressure, creates sinus pain, which can often be mistaken for tooth pain. Tooth pain, in the upper arch, can be from sinus pressure, or from tooth decay. Your dentist can be a big help in trying to identify the source of pain. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between the pain caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Is there a difference between the pain caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

A bit tricky: These 3 causes of pain can be a bit tricky to sort out sometimes. If tapping on the suspected tooth increases pain, then it is probably the tooth. Sometimes a troubled tooth causes sinus problems. Sometimes the maxillary sinus (one under your cheek bone) problem causes enough pain to feel like it's in the upper teeth. So, it is best to see your doctor and/or dentist to help sort it out. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the pain caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

What is the difference between the pain caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Go see your dentist: You need to note whether it is sensitive to cold or hot and if it lingers for more than ten seconds. A small tooth decay usually is sensitive to cold but as the decay gets deeper the tooth can also be sensitive to hot and lingers for a while. Sinusitis can also cause toothache but usually it is hard to pinpoint to a tooth. Sometimes the whole back teeth are sensitive when you have sinus infection. ...Read more

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How can you tell if pain is caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

How can you tell if pain is caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Pain: My first answer is get an exam and x-rays to determine if there is decay present causing the pain. Sinus pain will generally increase if you bend over while standing to pick something up off the floor. ...Read more

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What can be done for sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

What can be done for sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Upper teeth?: Might be related. If your upper molars are sensitive and you have sinus pain, you could have a sinus infection. Antibiotics. You could also have a "heavy bite" on these upper molars radiating to your sinus. Have a dentist equilibrate your bite. If it doesn't get better, see an ENT md (sinus) or a dentist (teeth). ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between cavity and sensitive teeth?

Cavity is a hole: A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by bacteria and a food source resulting in acid attack causing the hole in the tooth. Sensitive teeth can be a result of recession of the gums exposing the roots and allowing hot, cold and sweets to affect the tooth, causing discomfort. ...Read more

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What is the diff between sensitive teeth and cavities?

What is the diff between sensitive teeth and cavities?

Sensitive vs Decay: The common causes of sensitive teeth are exposed tooth roots, receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel. Dental cavities are permanently damaged holes in teeth caused by tooth decay. In some cases sensitive tooth can mean a cavity. ...Read more

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Are sensitive teeth more prone to cavities than unsensitive ones?

Are sensitive teeth more prone to cavities than unsensitive ones?

Generally, No: Sensitive teeth can be due to exposed roots (gum recession), roots are more prone to decay as they lack the enamel layer that is strong. Beyond that, no more prone to cavities than other teeth. Brush, floss, fluoride: best you can do. See your dentist regularly. ...Read more

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No sinus, no abscess, no cavity, dentist can't find anything. Tooth still sensitive to cold for 2 years. Would going to an endodontist help?

No sinus, no abscess, no cavity, dentist can't find anything. Tooth still sensitive to cold for 2 years. Would going to an endodontist help?

Cold Tooth: Are you a grinder or clencher? If so this tooth might be taking the majority of the abuse and can be sensitive to cold especially at the facial gumline. If above is negative then may be cracked tooth syndrome especially if the tooth has a large filling (sometimes virgin teeth have this) and an endodontic evaluation would be in order. Lastly large filling placed 2 yr ago;tooth dying slowly. ...Read more

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Can the bone fragments that got into the sinus cavity during upper tooth extraction (& doc didn't tell you) lodge in the brain if you blew your nose?

Can the bone fragments that got into the sinus cavity during upper tooth extraction (& doc didn't tell you) lodge in the brain if you blew your nose?

Foreign body: Tooth fragment will act as a foreign body and should be removed by an oral surgeon. Blowing your nose could move it slightly but not into your brain. ...Read more

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Will I be able to tell the difference between an exposed root and sensitive teeth?

Will I be able to tell the difference between an exposed root and sensitive teeth?

Visibly -: If you notice the gum has receded at the neck if the tooth, then you are seeing exposed root surface. Gingival recession is sadly very common for a host if reasons. Sensitivity is often secondary to gum recession. Best to be seen by your dentist. ...Read more

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Cold teeth from ice cream is cavity?

Cold teeth from ice cream is cavity?

Usually not: Most of the time, cold from ice cream is not a cavity. It's a function of the cold penetrating to the nerve of the tooth telling you to get the cold away from the teeth. Best way to be sure is to see a dentist to have teeth evaluated. ...Read more

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Hot&cold sensitivity/painless throbbing on recent root canal/crowned tooth #14. Xrays taken & rc failure not indicated & no surrounding cavities! Why?

Hot&cold sensitivity/painless throbbing on recent root canal/crowned tooth #14. Xrays taken & rc failure not indicated & no surrounding cavities! Why?

Some possibilities: First, if the rct was completed and the canals were filled properly, there cannot be any cold or hot sensitivity with that tooth. One can still have throbbing if the tissues around the root of the tooth (periodontal ligament) are inflamed. 2d x-rays cannot show everything. A 3d (cbct) scan can possibly show another canal or pathology present. Sometimes these issues resolve on their own with time. ...Read more

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Are wisdom teeth connected to the sinus cavity that I always suffer from sinus infections after extraction?

Are wisdom teeth connected to the sinus cavity that I always suffer from sinus infections after extraction?

Not very common: An opening into the sinus after the removal of maxillary wisdom teeth occurs once in a while. The good news is small sinus perforations will close spontaneously and no additional treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth growing from a sinus cavity be fatal?

Can wisdom teeth growing from a sinus cavity be fatal?

Not likely: Generally, wisdom teeth growing around or into the sinuses cause few problems, and they definitely won't kill you. .. Unless they become infected. But any infection left untreated can be dangerous. If it concerns you, be proactive and have your wisdom tooth/teeth removed. ...Read more

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Treated for sinus and ears inf. W avalox 1wk ltr sometimes have pain in right side of face below eye and teeth sinus cavity inflamed?

Possibly: This sounds like a sinus problem but it could also be from your teeth. Have your dentist check for an infected tooth. ...Read more

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How do I know if implants is right for me. Dentist I have no top teeth at all had sinus surgeries. My ENT is concern they might go through the sinus cavity. I do have a top plate I hate. I would like a false plate with implants holding it. I am 50 years o

How do I know if implants is right for me. Dentist I have no top teeth at all had sinus surgeries. My ENT is concern they might go through the sinus cavity. I do have a top plate I hate. I would like a false plate with implants holding it. I am 50 years o

Implants 4 Everyone!: The patient in the photo is one of mine and she is 94 years old. She has upper and lower screw retained implant bridges. She can eat anything and looks great! With careful planning and possibly some additional procedures to create more upper bone for implant support, nearly everyone is an implant candidate! 3d x-ray scans allow precise placement of implants and will let youlive life again! Go 4 it. ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm having sinus pain or teeth pain?

How do I know if I'm having sinus pain or teeth pain?

Xray: It is very difficult to tell which issue is causing the pain without an x-ray of the area. Your dentist will be able to tell you which is causing the problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have sinus pain and pressure that it also affects the back teeth?

Is it possible to have sinus pain and pressure that it also affects the back teeth?

Yes: If you have a sinus infection it can make your teeth fell as if they need root canals. You need to have teeth checked to make sure there is no problem though. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see sinus cavity on dental xray? Had xray of tooth at dentist's and sinus cavity showed. They didn't say it was odd but forgot to ask.

Is it normal to see sinus cavity on dental xray? Had xray of tooth at dentist's and sinus cavity showed. They didn't say it was odd but forgot to ask.

It is normal: The roots of the upper back teeth can be very close to the sinuses and for some people the roots even penetrate into the sinus cavities. These are all variations on normal and when we take small dental X-rays, in these cases, the sinuses will "show up" on the image. Panoramic radiographs will always show the sinuses. ...Read more

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After root canal on canine tooth #11, iam curious to know what are the symptoms/how it feels if the drill touches or drills into the sinus cavity floor?

Not going to happen: The root of tooth #11 lies under the floor of the nose and not in the sinus cavity. You should be numb with local anesthetic so you will feel pressure, but should not feel pain. I have never seen or heard of drilling into the sinus thru the six front teeth under the nose. ...Read more

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8 months of tinnitus, post nasal drip, sinus pain, grinding of teeth, anxiety and stress. Help!

8 months of tinnitus, post nasal drip, sinus pain, grinding of teeth, anxiety and stress. Help!

Numerous: Numerous possibilities including, but not limited to, infected sinus, infected upper back teeth, malocclusion, anxiety/depression, TMJ, etc. Possibly need both medical and dental services concurrently. See BOTH your Dentist and your Physician. Ask them to consult with each other. Specialty referrals may be in order. ...Read more

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I just had a tooth pulled and think my sinus cavity is open?

I just had a tooth pulled and think my sinus cavity is open?

Maxillary tooth?: It's possible, but without further info, can't tell over the internet. Call the dentist who extracted the tooth as an emergency. ...Read more

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Sinus pain, senitivity in teeth. Right side of month (teeth and jaw pain) and nausea only lasting one day? I feel fine now a day later What could it be

Sinusitis: If you have sinusitis, the mucosal lining of the sinus gets inflammed, & swollen. The nerves to the upper teeth, run close to the lining of the sinus. The pressure of swollen lining on the nerves, can give you pain in the upper teeth. Sort of a dull annoying pain. Once the sinusitis is resolved, the lining of the sinus returns to normal & release of pressure leads to relief of pain in the teeth. ...Read more

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My tooth is at risk of puncturing my sinus cavity. Side of face hurts, what's the worst that could happen? I went to local dentist at the va clinic, and they said they could not pull my tooth because of my sinus cavity. So they referred me to a surgeon in

My tooth is at risk of puncturing my sinus cavity. Side of face hurts, what's the worst that could happen? I went to local dentist at the va clinic, and they said they could not pull my tooth because of my sinus cavity. So they referred me to a surgeon in

Sorry: Sorry to hear about your situation. It is common practice for a dentist to refer you to an oral surgeon for extraction if they feel that complications are possible that they may not be able to handle. On that note the fact that the surgeon cannot see you for a month is concerning. I would call your dentist and ask for another referral or call some oral surgeons in your area to take the tooth out sooner. I would also call you dentist and ask for an antibiotic to prevent infection. Good luck. ...Read more

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God does sinus pain ever get any better cuz my cheeks teeth neck and pretty much my whole face kills I'm on amox clav but not to better help?

God does sinus pain ever get any better cuz my cheeks teeth neck and pretty much my whole face kills I'm on amox clav but not to better help?

MY be something else: If your only symptom is pain then it may not be an infection. I see many people with "sinus pain" who have headaches or migraines or jaw and teeth problems. If you can breathe easily through your nose and you have no yellow or greenish mucus it is possible you do not have a sinus infection and therefore antibiotics will not help you. You should see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Sinus cavity has been exposed from tooth extraction. High fever for 5 days, sore throat.

Sinus cavity has been exposed from tooth extraction. High fever for 5 days, sore throat.

See oral surgeon: Sinus communication is not uncommon complication when extracting upper molars. You should see an oral surgeon. The goal is to surgically obtain primary closure and eliminate infection. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between ear, tooth and sinus pain?

How do you differentiate between ear, tooth and sinus pain?

Cause of pain?: An ENT specialist can examine you and determine if he\she feels the problem is coming from your ear or sinuses. A dentist can determine if it's coming from your teeth. A sinusitis (not ear infection) can seem like tooth pain but not vice versa. As a dentist, we use medical history, dental history, details of chief complaint and numerous tests to help us determine the cause of the symptoms. ...Read more

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My nerve above tooth causing sinus pain around eyes, what to do?

My nerve above tooth causing sinus pain around eyes, what to do?

See dentist asap: Appears to be possibly an abscessed (infected) tooth or gum tissue. Need to get to a dentist before the infection potentially can spread. ...Read more

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I just got my top left wisdom tooth taken out and I wanted to know if the pain from that can give me headaches or sinus pain?

Wisdom tooth: Yes, it is normal to have some discomfort, including headaches, from an extraction. However, there can be the possibility of sinus involvement when an upper molar is taken out. Therefore, you should return to your dentist's office to have the area evaluated. ...Read more

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Tooth infected for over month. Felt like jawline near tooth was swollen or had knot. Tooth extracted and given biotics. Sinus pain did it spread?

Tooth infected for over month. Felt like jawline near tooth was swollen or had knot. Tooth extracted and given biotics. Sinus pain did it spread?

Lower molar?: If this was a lower molar, the chance of it directly causing a sinus infection are highly unlikely. If you have been fighting a chronic infection however, your resistance may be lowered and more prone to a different infection. ...Read more

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Second to back tooth removed, very difficult to get out, had to take out in 3 parts, now severe sinus pain? My dentist has not got a clue why? Help!

Second to back tooth removed, very difficult to get out, had to take out in 3 parts, now severe sinus pain? My dentist has not got a clue why? Help!

See oral surgeon: Was the tooth that was removed an upper tooth? The roots of upper teeth may have close approximation with the sinus. Have an oral surgeon evaluate the area. It might need more time to heal, there might be a perforation in the sinus or this can be completely unrelated and you need the services of an ENT. ...Read more

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Is it common to have sinus pain after upper wisdom tooth removal?

Is it common to have sinus pain after upper wisdom tooth removal?

Possible: The upper wisdom tooth is located in close proximity to the floor of the maxillary sinus. In some cases the roots of the wisdom tooth, may actually appear to extend into the sinus. One of the potential risks associated with the removal of an upper wisdom tooth is possible involvement with the maxillary sinus. If the sinus was not involved during surgery, the sinus pain should subside. ...Read more

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What is the relation between the sinus pain and the toothache? And there is any effect with pain in an ear on tooth?

What is the relation between the sinus pain and the toothache? And there is any effect with pain in an ear on tooth?

Sinus/tooth pain: The upper back teeth and the maxillary sinus are often linked when one or the other are inflamed for infected. Additionally, dental pain often radiates (or is referred) to neighboring anatomical structures and can be perceived as ear pain. Also, the jaw joint is directly in front of the ear, which can refer pain to the teeth. Accurate diagnosis can prevent unnecessary dental procedures. ...Read more

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I get sinus pain with shooting pains in my ear, often is accompanied by mouth sores and/or tooth pain. How are mouth sores and sinusitis related?

I get sinus pain with shooting pains in my ear, often is accompanied by mouth sores and/or tooth pain. How are mouth sores and sinusitis related?

2 separate problems: 1. A sinus infection or inflammation can cause a toothache, especially in the upper molars. These problems should be managed by your PCP or ENT. 2. Mouth sores (aphthous ulcers) are painful sores inside the mouth. The sore may be painful for three or four days, but complete healing usually takes ten to fifteen days. Canker sores may recur many times each year. No cure is available. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Sensitive Teeth (Definition)

The common causes are the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, gum disease or a side effect of a teeth grinding. The best way to find out why a tooth is sensitive is to ...Read more