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

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry
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In brief: Tricky

This is a big part of dental practice.
I use palpation to try to differentiate possible sources of pain. Meds that are specific to the sinus like sudafed can also be helpful diagnostically. A careful history is very helpful too but sometimes we can't be certain. This is an area where physicians and dentists need a good working relationship to figure things out.

In brief: Tricky

This is a big part of dental practice.
I use palpation to try to differentiate possible sources of pain. Meds that are specific to the sinus like sudafed can also be helpful diagnostically. A careful history is very helpful too but sometimes we can't be certain. This is an area where physicians and dentists need a good working relationship to figure things out.
Dr. John DeWolf
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