Thousands of people are affected by sinus infections each year. Many people go to the doctor or try some over-the-counter treatment to help alleviate the infection. However, did you know that a decayed tooth could be causing your sinus infection?
When bacteria penetrate your tooth’s enamel, it creates a small hole. If you leave that tooth untreated, it can cause an infection. Once the infection spreads to your tooth’s roots which can then start to break down your jawbone. The maxillary sinus in particular sits behind the cheekbones just above the upper jaw. Tooth roots, particularly in back teeth, can extend quite near or even poke through the floor of the maxillary sinus.
When this happens, bacteria can start to enter the sinus. If you are someone who has sinus infections regularly, it could be a sign of a decayed tooth. And, using antibiotics will not correct the real issue. You will need to come see us at Ledbetter Family Dental Care in Ardmore and Wynnewood Oklahoma. Dr. Les Ledbetter will probably suggest a root canal in order to correct the deeply infected tooth. This procedure can not only stop the infection, but it can also save the tooth.
So, if you’re suffering from chronic sinus infections, you might talk with your dentist about the possibility of a tooth infection. A thorough examination might reveal a decayed tooth in need of treatment.
If you would like more information on how dental problems can affect your overall health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.