Can a toothache cause your headache?

You have a toothache headache, what could be causing the pain? In many cases, when your teeth hurt and you have a raging headache there is not an actual problem with your teeth. Instead, you likely have swollen sinuses! This is for pain in the upper teeth. If your pain is occurring in the bottom teeth then you will most likely need to visit a dentist because pain in the bottom teeth does signify some dental problem, like a cavity. However, if the pain is in your upper teeth and you are presenting with a headache that won’t go away then it’s more than likely you are experiencing a sinus infection.

Other Signs

If you have a headache with a toothache that is due to a sinus infection you will likely experience other symptoms as well. These could be a runny or stuffy nose, pounding headache, sore throat, facial tenderness and sensitivity, sore jaw, and throbbing upper teeth. If you don’t have any of these symptoms in addition to your toothache headache then it’s possible you have a toothache and a headache simultaneously and need to make an appointment with your dentist. The pain could be caused by any number of things like periodontal disease, abscess, cavities, or even TMJ.

If you do have these other symptoms then you probably need to make an appointment with your general practitioner for a checkup. In most cases the doctor will evaluate you and confirm you have a sinus infection. There are both bacterial and viral sinus infections so you may receive antibiotics or you might not. This will treat the sinus infection as well as your throbbing toothache!

Of course, there is always the possibility that you have a sinus infection causing a toothache and headache, but that you also have a real dental problem that needs to be addressed. If you feel your toothache is more than just sinus infection induced then you will need to make an appointment with your dentist. Pain in the tooth aside from throbbing may indicate decay. Pay attention to your symptoms and write them down so you can explain them to your doctor/and or dentist. This is important in diagnosing you if you indeed have a toothache headache induced by sinusitis in addition to an actual toothache!

Remember, the longer you put off care the more damage that can be done to your tooth/teeth. So, even if you don’t particularly care for the dentist’s office you need to make an appointment to find out what’s going on. It’s important to take care of your teeth because you don’t want to have them pulled and have to have implants or other types of dentures.

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