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.
Difficult. You should see your dentist. There are a multitude of tests that can and should be done if the pain is affecting your life.

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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...
Source of pain. Tooth decay, sensitive teeth, and sinus pain may feel very similar. Decay and sensitive teeth cause pain when the tooth's nerve is stimulated. It starts as sharp pain lasting a few seconds, but can progress to something much worse if the nerve deteriorates. Any tooth can have this. Maxillary sinuses are directly above the upper molars, pain from sinus infection will be limited to these teeth. Read more...
Difference. Tooth decay - bacteria has penetrated the tooth and eaten away tooth structurre. Sensitive teeth - may be from the gum tissue pulling away from the root and allowing the root to feel the cold water, air, food, etc. Sinus pain - when you have a head cold or you have an infection in the sinus (could be from the root of the tooth next to the sinus) the sinus may hurt until treatment. Read more...

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...
See A Dentist. See a dentist, as there are some evaluation methods that can be used by the dentist to determine what is causing your pain. Read more...
Yes. Sensitive teeth are usually caused by exposed dentin and can happen in any tooth. Not that intense and goes away as soon as the offending source (like a cold drink) is removed. Tooth decay when it gets close to the nerve will cause more intense pain and will come and go on its own in addition to reacting to stimuli. Sinus pain often feels like a toothache - only on upper teeth usually molars. Read more...

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...
They feel different. Sinus pain can cause tooth pain but it usually covers broad areas, usually around back upper teeth. Sensitive teeth normally respond to hot or cold or sweet and quit hurting quickly when the irritant is removed. Tooth decay pain can feel like either of the other two, it is localized to a particular tooth and can be unrelenting and if it does fade it will do so more slowly than just sensitivity. Read more...
Similar. Pain from tooth decay is dependent on the amount of decay. If you are only getting sensitivity from the decay you are only causing dentin irritation. Sensitive teeth are sensitive by a similar mechanism. Both situations are from changes in osmotic pressure of the dentinal tubules. Sinus pain when felt in teeth is kinda like phantom limb pain. Pressure on the nerves that wire the teeth. Read more...

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

See your dentist. Decay will usually be sensitive to cold, possibly hot, and maybe sweets. Sensitive teeth as in excessive grinding will usually be sentitive to cold and sometimes pressure. Sinus pain is usually in your upper back teeth and usually tender to pressure. Bend over and touch your toes, if your head feels like it is going to explode then it's your sinus, plus probably congestion also. Read more...
See a dentist. Dental pain could mean many different things. Among them, as you point out, are tooth decay, sensitive teeth, or sinus problems. You should see a dentist who can tell you whether or not the problem is dental. If you have no obvious dental issues, you may then see an ENT specialist who can tell you whether or not your problem is sinus-related. Read more...
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...