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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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I am on Amox clav 875mg and prednisone for sinus infection and/or tooth infection. when will I start to feel better? I'm on 3rd day.

2 calls: 1. Antibiotic will not cure infected tooth, only control spread of infection. Call your Dentist for an emergency appointment, even if you start to feel better. If tooth infected symptoms will return after antibiotic finished. 2. Call Physician to report progress. Referral to ENT may be advisable. Some things can't be fixed with just a pill. ...Read more

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I was prescribed cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) 150mg 4x daily for a tooth infection. I have developed a sinus infection severe cough and vag disch. Is this common?

Comorbid condition: Sinus infection can be caused or aggravated by an infection of an upper tooth. Very often, roots of the top back teeth lie very close to the sinuses. See your doctor for evaluation, imaging and treatment. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth infection bone/fracutre cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth infection bone/fracutre cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

No: Bad sinus disease if left untreated can cause intracranial infection or even brain abcess. The infection erodes through the bone and covering of the brain. This can cause meningitis, but not necessarily spine infection. ...Read more

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Sinus infection from tooth infection doesn't go away with penicillin is tooth treatment needed before sinus and throat are healed?

Treat the tooth: Always treat the source of the pain (tooth in your case) and not the site of the pain (sinus in your case). Good luck. ...Read more

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Can maxiliary sinusitis lead to tooth infection?

Can maxiliary sinusitis lead to tooth infection?

Rarely: Usually it is the other way around. The dental abscess erodes into the sinus. Sinusitis can definitely cause tooth pain As the nerves for your upper teeth run along the floor of the sinus and the pressure and inflammation from the sinus irritate the nerves. If your are having severe tooth pain have your dentist check to make sure there is not a dental problem contributing to your sinus problem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sinusitis and a tooth infection?

What is the difference between sinusitis and a tooth infection?

Cause: A tooth infection usually is a root canal or gum abscess. In upper posterior teeth if this abscess is near or in the sinus, it can also cause a sinusitis. A sinusitis is more often caused by a virus (cold) or bacteria ...Read more

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Is it possible to have maxillary sinusitis without any other symptoms other than horrible jaw pain and not have a tooth infection?

Very much so.: The scenario can be just as you describe. If you are a smoker it is more likely to happen. The most common is not to have a tooth infection. Antibiotics are usually required. See your doctor to be treated immediately. ...Read more

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Sinus infection from possible infected tooth what meds should I be on?

Antibiotics: And you should see a dentist to have he tooth treated or removed other wise the infection will continue or get worse. ...Read more

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I had a sinus infection 2 weeks ago & it was severe I had a ball on the bottom right tooth & my tooth ached 2 but it has ben gone since. Could I die?

I had a sinus infection 2 weeks ago & it was severe I had a ball on the bottom right tooth & my tooth ached 2 but it has ben gone since. Could I die?

See your dentist : And maybe your ent. You are not likely to die, but if you have a rotten tooth causing the sinus infection or jaw abscess it won't get better till the offending tooth is removed. ...Read more

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How do you tell if pain is from a sinus infection or from a bad tooth?

How do you tell if pain is from a sinus infection or from a bad tooth?

Dentist: If you think you may have a bad tooth, see your dentist. He or she can tell you if the pain is from a tooth or likely from a sinus infection. ...Read more

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I have pain around my left lower wisdom tooth for a week now I have frequent sinus issues and wonder if safe to use Neti Pot in case of tooth infection?

I have pain around my left lower wisdom tooth for a week now I have frequent sinus issues and wonder if safe to use Neti Pot in case of tooth infection?

Two different areas: Sinuses have nothing to do with what sounds like a problem with a lower wisdom tooth. So use your neti pot if you find it helpful, but see your dentist or an oral surgeon for evaluation of your wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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How rare or common is a sinus infection due to a tooth problem?

How rare or common is a sinus infection due to a tooth problem?

Uncommon: The teeth are usually separated from the sinus by bone and a membrane. It is unusual for a tooth infection to spread through both of those barriers, though not impossible. A tooth infection can, however, feel as if it is going into the sinus because the nerves can be closely connected. ...Read more

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I now have a sinus infection after having my lower right wisdom tooth extracted a few weeks ago. Is this a complication?

I now have a sinus infection after having my lower right wisdom tooth extracted a few weeks ago. Is this a complication?

Not related: The maxillary sinus sits right above the roots of maxillary molars and premolars and is not related to lower teeth. See your PCP if concerned. ...Read more

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Gum pain where tooth was extracted years ago and seems like it's only happens when I have a cold or sinus infection why ?

Gum pain where tooth was extracted years ago and seems like it's only happens when I have a cold or sinus infection why ?

Referred pain: People who get sinus infections often have pain referred to upper teeth or adjacent areas of the mouth. This is not uncommon. Branches of the same nerve may transmit pain and the exact origin of the pain cannot always be interpreted exactly by our brains. ...Read more

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I had a severe sinus infection and it goes in and out... I had like a ball on thge right side of my face lower bottom tooth. It hurts. Wat is this?

I had a severe sinus infection and it goes in and out... I had like a ball on thge right side of my face lower bottom  tooth. It hurts. Wat is this?

Dental abscess: If the swelling is on one of the lower teeth (along the lower jaw line) you don't have a sinus infection, but you are probably developing a dental abscess. Either way you will need antibiotics. If it is dental in origin, the offending tooth will have to be pulled. Get seen quickly to prevent a severe abscess which may require surgery to drain. See a doctor or dentist asap. ...Read more

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Is it common to have tooth pain after sinus infection?

Is it common to have tooth pain after sinus infection?

Yes: Sinus infections often cause pain in the teeth, especially the upper teeth on the side of the innfection. ...Read more

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Could one get a sinus infection from having a top back tooth removed?

Could be: Top back teeth have their roots very close to sinus. Some roots might already in the sinus. When dentist remove top back teeth, there is a chance that the sinus is involved or penetrated. In that case the oral cavity is communicated with sinus via the extraction socket and bacterial can get inside sinus and cause infection. However, this can be corrected by different manners. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more