Sinus pressure. Jaw pain. Facial tenderness. All common symptoms that you may experience at some point.
But how do you know if you have sinusitis (sinus infection) or a problem with your tooth? Sinus pain and tooth pain can present similar issues, which is why it’s tough to pinpoint the exact cause of your pain.
But we’re going to explore this question a bit more…
How to determine the difference between sinus pain and tooth pain
To know whether you have sinus pain (or sinusitis) or tooth pain, you should evaluate two things — the type of pain you’re having and the location of the pain.
Type of pain: Is the pain dull and achy? Are you experiencing intense, sharp-shooting pain?
Location of the pain: Do you feel the pain near the jaw regions? Is the pain always centralized in one specific area of the mouth?
Answering these questions will help you determine if it’s more likely you have a sinus problem or tooth pain.
Also, the answers to your questions can help your doctor or dentist get to the root of the problem and provide proper treatment.
So, over the next few days you should take notes of the type and location of your pain. Be as specific as possible.
Make a note of the time of day you’re experiencing pain.
What are you doing when the pain starts?
Is there anything you do that makes the pain better?
Is there anything that makes the pain worse?
Does the pain start or get worse after you’ve spent time outdoors?
Does the pain start after consuming hot beverages or hard foods?
Take detailed notes. You may end up seeing patterns in your pain, something which you can definitely speak with your doctor or dentist about.