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Tooth Pain and Dry Sinus

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 27, 2006
  • 00:30 AM

I hope someone here may have some ideas about this. Basically, my sinuses dry out and I get excruciating pain in my canine teeth. The pain is incapacitating. A few years back my dentist had me go in for a cat scan and everything looks normal. I've lived in Colorado for eight years having moved from Georgia. It's much drier here. I only get the pain after spending quite a bit of time outside in cold weather and then coming inside to a warm area. I can feel my sinuses start to dry out and then the pain begins. I've dried Ocean Spray and other nasal sprays designed to moisten the nose to no avail. The only thing that helps is to take Orudis or Aleve and wait it out.

Sphenoid sinusitis seems to have this as a symptom but I've never had problems with my sinuses. I don't remember ever having a sinus infection and don't have any sinus drainage that I'm aware of.

Any suggestions on what sort of specialist I could see?

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  • You really need to see an oral/maxio specialist for this problem, get your doctor to arrange it, good luck - oh and if I were you change your dentist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2006
    • 08:34 PM
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  • I was interested to hear your symtoms because I suffer from the same. If I'm outside while it's cold and dry, when I come in and warm up I get pressure pain in my teeth, (especially canine), that spreads to my jaw. I had an anaylysis of my jaw for TMJ type of problems but the dentist didn't find any problems. He did note looking at my x rays that my sinuses extend very far down near the roots of my teeth. His guess was sinus swelling.I too have never had sinus infections although I do have mild allergies. I live in northern New Mexico where the air is typically very dry.Allergy medications do not seem to work. I have had success with ibuprofen once the pain starts.If anyone has an idea, please post.Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
    • 00:30 AM
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  • I too live in New Mexico, in the mountains, and have had the worst sinusitus of my life living here! One thing not to do is take decongestants as they are too drying and leave your sinuses impacted causing the pain...mucinex works better as it thins the secretions and allows them to move out of the sinus passages...Also I recommend getting a neti pot and using it daily - just like brushing your teeth. You can get one at a healthfood store and with a bit of practice it is easy and wonderful to use. It cleans out your sinuses and nasal passages and keeps them clear. I've convinced my husband to use it as it really works and he's noticed the difference:) Check for Candida as often chronic sinus infections are fungal in nature. Go to www.candidafree.net for info and take the test.Cheers.
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 29, 2006
    • 06:30 PM
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  • Me too, and I also acquired it in Santa Fe, although I currently live in California.
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  • As far as I know, sinus has nothing to do with dental stuff. Once I had sinus so I know a little bit how to handle it. my mom gave me biaxin. In less than 1 week…I was cured. Why don’t you try it? There is very useful information about this medicine on this page http://www.drugdelivery.ca/s3164-s-BIAXIN.aspx if you want more information about this medicine then I would advise you to read it. biaxin works by eliminating all the bacteria that stick to the lining cell and may cause further infection. Successful treatment counteracts damage done to the mucous lining of the sinuses and surrounding bone of the skull so it is better that you take some good medicines.
    banit99a 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • As far as I know, sinus has nothing to do with dental stuff. Once I had sinus so I know a little bit how to handle it. my mom gave me biaxin. In less than 1 week…I was cured. Why don’t you try it? There is very useful information about this medicine on this page http://www.drugdelivery.ca/s3164-s-BIAXIN.aspx if you want more information about this medicine then I would advise you to read it. biaxin works by eliminating all the bacteria that stick to the lining cell and may cause further infection. Successful treatment counteracts damage done to the mucous lining of the sinuses and surrounding bone of the skull so it is better that you take some good medicines. Sorry, but sinusitis can cause severe dental pain. The maxillary sinuses can become inflammed and can affect the upper teeth. It is quite common for someone to think they are having a toothache when in fact they are having sinusitis causing this problem. chronic sinusitis is not treated well with antibiotics IME. Please try NAET - this has been the only thing to really address my severe sinusitis. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • As far as I know, sinus has nothing to do with dental stuff.Someone needs to do their homework. It's pretty common knowledge that sinuses very well can and very often do cause pain in teeth. This of course makes total sense when considering the proximity of our teeth to our maxillary sinuses.
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  • I hope someone here may have some ideas about this. Basically, my sinuses dry out and I get excruciating pain in my canine teeth. The pain is incapacitating. A few years back my dentist had me go in for a cat scan and everything looks normal. I've lived in Colorado for eight years having moved from Georgia. It's much drier here. I only get the pain after spending quite a bit of time outside in cold weather and then coming inside to a warm area. I can feel my sinuses start to dry out and then the pain begins. I've dried Ocean Spray and other nasal sprays designed to moisten the nose to no avail. The only thing that helps is to take Orudis or Aleve and wait it out. Sphenoid sinusitis seems to have this as a symptom but I've never had problems with my sinuses. I don't remember ever having a sinus infection and don't have any sinus drainage that I'm aware of. Any suggestions on what sort of specialist I could see?See www.sinusmend.com for more detail info on how SinusMend can help. I created this because I suffered the same symptoms as yourself.
    sinusmend 1 Replies
    • August 22, 2008
    • 09:14 PM
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  • I hope someone here may have some ideas about this. Basically, my sinuses dry out and I get excruciating pain in my canine teeth. The pain is incapacitating. A few years back my dentist had me go in for a cat scan and everything looks normal. I've lived in Colorado for eight years having moved from Georgia. It's much drier here. I only get the pain after spending quite a bit of time outside in cold weather and then coming inside to a warm area. I can feel my sinuses start to dry out and then the pain begins. I've dried Ocean Spray and other nasal sprays designed to moisten the nose to no avail. The only thing that helps is to take Orudis or Aleve and wait it out. Sphenoid sinusitis seems to have this as a symptom but I've never had problems with my sinuses. I don't remember ever having a sinus infection and don't have any sinus drainage that I'm aware of. Any suggestions on what sort of specialist I could see? I have this problem also. Why it happens, I can't tell you. The only thing that I have found to work is to take one excedrin migrain and then get a cup of hot water, coffe cup size, zapped in the micro for about a minute and breath in the warm water vapors. I wrap a towel around my nose and the cup so the steam is directed up my nose. Be careful it's not too hot and avoid letting the steam get into your eyes. I breath the warm vapors for about 10 minutes. Then I take a Q-tip and spread some vasoline inside my nose to keep it moist. This usually does the trick for me. Another trick is to get into bed and bring the covers over head and breath. S
    samwjunkie 13 Replies
    • September 2, 2008
    • 02:48 PM
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  • Hello, I don't know if this spray will be any different than the ones you already tried but i'll share my experience with you anyway: I had what seemed to be a mild sinus infection for about 6 months (greenish when blew nose, occasional sinus headaches and pain/pressure). I put off going to the doctor because I am nursing my baby and didn't want to go on antibiotics. I finally went to an ear, nose & throat doctor who took a culture and said he found some bacteria and prescribed antibiotics (btw, I don't recommend getting a nose culture done...it HURTS!). It confirmed my suspicions, but I just couldn't bring myself to take the antibiotics because of the nursing even though my pediatrician said it wouldn't hurt the baby. Soon after I saw the Sino Fresh product and decided to give it a try. I am very glad I did. I used 2 pumps in each nostril morning and night for 10 days. I haven't had any of the symptoms since and it's been over a month since I stopped using it. Using the product sometimes burned a bit and I seemed to be more congested at night when I was using it but it was worth it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2008
    • 00:47 AM
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  • So glad to read this thread; thought I might be losing my mind over this issue! Excruciating mid-sinus/upper teeth pain (can you say ice-pick-straight-through-to-brain?) that I suspect is caused by overly dry sinus passages. Teeth in perfect shape; GP says sinus not infected. Am using Ocean brand saline nasal spray and neti pot every day while trying not to overdose on Advil to alleviate worst of pain.
    injeanius 1 Replies
    • October 20, 2008
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  • So glad to read this thread; thought I might be losing my mind over this issue! Excruciating mid-sinus/upper teeth pain (can you say ice-pick-straight-through-to-brain?) that I suspect is caused by overly dry sinus passages. Teeth in perfect shape; GP says sinus not infected. Am using Ocean brand saline nasal spray and neti pot every day while trying not to overdose on Advil to alleviate worst of pain. Try mucinex - great stuff and helps thin the secretions so they don't become impacted in the sinus passages. Take 2400 mg/day for sinus pain/drainage. Also, try acupuncture - fantastic for this problem. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • October 21, 2008
    • 04:03 AM
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  • Children generally start loosing baby teeth from the age of 6 to 7 years when their jaw grows to more mature size to accommodate permanent teeth. During this age, children?s tooth root starts dissolving resulting in tooth loosening. The tooth ultimately comes out since there will be less root to support as the permanent tooth pushes it upward.Some children feel so excited about losing their baby teeth while others become little or more nervous. Generally loosing baby teeth causes no such great discomfort. It normally causes sore gums and little bleeding
    medicoglobal 1 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 06:00 AM
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  • Hi,You do not have to take easily. It make a serious problem. You have to go to dentist and take good treatment of them.
    peterworn 8 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 10:36 PM
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  • I have had this problem for 10-12 years. This website is the first place I have seen similar symptoms, and although I commiserate with all of you, I am also glad to learn that somebody else has it (sorry...but at least I know I am not making it up), and that it has a name. Sinusitis. For 20 years I worked vigorously outside as a surveyor and loved it. Suddenly the following problem arose--I am outside for awhile in the cold (say, below freezing), I come in, and over the next hour or so what feels like the roots of my teeth begin to ache. Depending on how long I have been outside, the pain can become, well, a real pain. Pain relievers don't seem to touch it--when this first started I took them by the handful to no avail. The pain sometimes lasts into the next day. The doctor says to see the dentist.The dentist says to see the doctor. The ONLY thing I have found helpful is to wear a neck gaiter outside and to mouth-breathe through it. Looks pretty dorky at 32 degrees, but it prevents the problem. My next move is going to be to press the doctor for answers, with the assumption for now that it is sinusitis. Good luck to all of us.
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  • Hi All,I live in Australia, and am having the same problem, I have had pain in my right canine tooth on and off for 5 years. I would get like a cold / infection each time and then it would come good. I went and saw a dentist and they said nothing wrong with the Canine teeth. It must be sinus... Now for the last 18mths the infection / pain has got worse to the point every time it happens I then get a neck gland up and get really sick and have to go on antibiotics. I can't go with out them for more than two weeks. I went back to the dentist 6 mths ago and he did some more xrays and said oh actually you have to dead canines. I have been under going root canal, and got 3 mths off antibiotics. I have since been to an Entodontist, who said can't see any reason for the teeth to be dead (no tooth decay or gum disease) I have been to a ENT who said you have a bad deviated septum, but if we do surgery can't say it will fix the problem. I have the dentist say I can't fill the second canine cause you are now having infection again. So the doctor gives me antibiotics, the dentist doesn't know how to fix it, the endodontist says lets fill it for $4000 and see what happens, does anyone have any ideas as to go to from here.....???P.s the cat scan says no sinusitis...???
    rebeccamckay 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I hope someone here may have some ideas about this. Basically, my sinuses dry out and I get excruciating pain in my canine teeth. The pain is incapacitating. A few years back my dentist had me go in for a cat scan and everything looks normal. I've lived in Colorado for eight years having moved from Georgia. It's much drier here. I only get the pain after spending quite a bit of time outside in cold weather and then coming inside to a warm area. I can feel my sinuses start to dry out and then the pain begins. I've dried Ocean Spray and other nasal sprays designed to moisten the nose to no avail. The only thing that helps is to take Orudis or Aleve and wait it out.Sphenoid sinusitis seems to have this as a symptom but I've never had problems with my sinuses. I don't remember ever having a sinus infection and don't have any sinus drainage that I'm aware of.Any suggestions on what sort of specialist I could see?The only thing that works for me is inserting cotton in my nose. It allows the moisture to build back up in the sinuses. I also use cotton in my nose while sleeping. If you have any tmj problems this might help also because the jaw stays open all night.....Good Luck
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  • Hi All,I live in Australia, and am having the same problem, I have had pain in my right canine tooth on and off for 5 years. I would get like a cold / infection each time and then it would come good. I went and saw a dentist and they said nothing wrong with the Canine teeth. It must be sinus... Now for the last 18mths the infection / pain has got worse to the point every time it happens I then get a neck gland up and get really sick and have to go on antibiotics. I can't go with out them for more than two weeks. I went back to the dentist 6 mths ago and he did some more xrays and said oh actually you have to dead canines. I have been under going root canal, and got 3 mths off antibiotics. I have since been to an Entodontist, who said can't see any reason for the teeth to be dead (no tooth decay or gum disease) I have been to a ENT who said you have a bad deviated septum, but if we do surgery can't say it will fix the problem. I have the dentist say I can't fill the second canine cause you are now having infection again. So the doctor gives me antibiotics, the dentist doesn't know how to fix it, the endodontist says lets fill it for $4000 and see what happens, does anyone have any ideas as to go to from here.....???P.s the cat scan says no sinusitis...???Hi Rebecca...I have exactly the same problem. Infected molar, RCT with the endo, CT scan and see an ENT doc, slight deviated septum and mild infection, pain through my right jaw joint, dry sinus cavities, gives me headaches and makes me dizzy. Sometimes get pain in my ear. Just don't know what's going on.
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  • Sinus infections or dry sinuses can DEFINITELY cause tooth pain. It just doesnt seem to be common knowledge among dentists.I had a perfectly good tooth pulled after being bounced from dentist to endodontist and when no one could find the problem I was willing to do anything ANYTHING and so let them pull a tooth with a tiny crack in case that might be it. Of course they gave me antibiotics afterwards, and within days, all was well. I got an implant for the tooth they pulled so all told that cost me some $5000. A couple years later, severe tooth pain in all my upper teeth, (but, as with many here seemingly arising from the canines) sent me back in for the dentist to endodontist bouncing game. This time, before allowing someone to just pull something, anything, I did a little searching online. (aided by a compassionate dentist who prescribed painkillers which the other jerks in the first instance did not) And lo and behold, found that tooth pain can be caused by sinus issues. A simple course of antibiotics and the use of a neti pot solved the whole problem. I too live in New Mexico where the dry air may make the sinuses more prone to infection, and I get "dry" infections, with little or no discharge, so they go undiagnosed. If you have long roots on your teeth, and are prone to any kind of sinus issues, consider that you may have sinus related tooth pain before you let them pull or root canal anything. Avoid the expensive and painful consequences I did not know enough at the time to avoid myself. And my dentists and endodontists were pretty top notch and they all missed the diagnosis, so apparently, many dentists are just unaware of the issue. Thank God for the internet.
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  • Hmmm, interesting posts. My problem is more of a sinus/tooth sensitivity rather than pain. If I breathe in/out heavily, I can feel a tingling/vibration in my front teeth. It generally hits one particular tooth but on some days will shift to the canines or even the bottom teeth. No clear diagnosis from the dentist, endodontist, or ENT (including a sinus scan). I have used a neti pot, but that seemed to aggravate the problem. Historically, I was not careful with the amount of salt in the neti. I am now trying some sesame oil (based on a reocmmendation from an aromatherapist at a health food store). I am also waiting for the summer to be over since the air conditioning seems to aggravate it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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