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

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Dr. Jenny Sung
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jenny Sung
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Richard Leaderman
Yes there is a difference. Tooth decay is usually sweet sensitive. Sensitive teeth is usually cold sensitive while sinus pain will cause the all the upper teeth on the side of the sinus infection to be painful.
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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