With the beauty of trees, flowers, and pretty lawns in our area we start to see our share of allergies. Itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion and coughing, all producing mucus and ickiness that we are aware of. However, did you know that allergies can cause tooth pain? It’s the time of year where we see patients coming in with tooth pain that can usually manifest in the upper molars. Inflamed sinuses filled with mucus can cause pressure all over the face – eyes, ears, head, and yes – your teeth. The root tips of the upper molars go right into those mucus-filled, and sometimes infected, sinus cavities, and when there is congestion and inflammation there it will cause the nerves on the upper molars to also feel inflamed and painful.
How can you tell if it is a tooth issue or really just your allergies?
Where is the pain?
The first thing to look out for is whether or not other areas of your face are affected by the pressure.If it’s on both sides of your jaw it’s likely the allergies. If it’s localized to one specific tooth or area then it is likely a toothache.
The type of pain?
Typically allergy related pain is not temperature sensitiveIf you have triggers of cold or hot sensitivity then it is likely a tooth issue as well.
If the pain is related to positioning – meaning, when you move your head up or down, then it can be your allergies. Is there a blocked or runny nose associated with the allergies? Allergy related toothaches can be more achy and throbby, and will typically get better as your sinuses feel better.
If the pain is sharp, localized or constant, and you don’t usually suffer from allergies then it’s likely a tooth issue! Tooth issues that don’t go away should always gets checked out!
If you’re confused and can’t tell, call your dentist and simple tests/xrays can help determine the root (haha) cause to your pain. We are always here to help! Call us today: (202) 244-5900