Allergies and Toothache

The arrival of Spring induces allergy symptoms such as itchy/watery eyes, excess nasal irritation and drainage, dry cough, skin rash, etc. However, there is a unique symptom which occurs sometime in conjunction with excess drainage in the sinus:  Toothache on the upper molars or bicuspids.

The upper bicuspid and molar roots are embedded in the sinus cavity. When the sinus cavity is filled with excess drainage from allergies, pressure from the sinus on the roots can cause a discomfort which mimics a toothache.  An improper diagnosis may result in unnecessary root canal treatments to alleviate the associated pain.  Careful examination and tests should be done to rule out toothache associated with sinus drainage or infection.

In this case, a regiment of antibiotics and antihistamines may very well alleviate the toothache-like problem.  Yes, sometimes you can blame pollen for your toothache !

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

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