Toothache or Sinus Infection?


With a hefty dose of discomfort, both toothaches and sinus infections can be mistaken for one another! How can you tell the difference between a sinus infection or a toothache, though?



Sinus Infections


Sinus infections originate in your nose and ears but can move throughout the rest of your head, making your jaw ache as well. This can lead some people to believe they have a toothache when they have a sinus infection. It’s essential to note the origin of your pain to determine if you have a sinus infection or a toothache.




A toothache originates from your jaw or a specific tooth; in general, this can lead to an infection or an abscess that can feel like a sinus infection over time. Knowing that your pain originated from a tooth will be vital in finding out if you have a toothache or a sinus infection.


The Difference


The origin point will be your most significant key piece of evidence to find out if you have a sinus infection or a toothache. If there is a little bit of time between pain in your jaw and feeling ill, you likely have a toothache. If you feel ill first and then have pain in your jaw, you likely have a sinus infection.


As your Dentist near Oak Park, IL, we are prepared to deal with any toothaches you may have. If your jaw or a specific tooth begins to ache, feel free to call us to set up an appointment as soon as possible. This will help avoid any infections or abscesses from occurring, keeping you from getting ill from an infection.



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