This past week at my office, a patient presented complaining of a toothache. After careful examination, testing and X-ray, no evidence of a tooth problem existed. With further questioning, it became obvious the patient was experiencing a sinus infection.
This same phenomenon probably occurs every other month at my office and can be easily explained. The maxillary sinus is located inside each cheekbone. It is an air-filled cavity extending down and around the maxillary molars. When the sinus becomes infected, mucus and fluid fills the sinus and creates pressure on the teeth, hence, tooth pain. The signs and symptoms of sinus and tooth problems vary amongst individuals and can often mirror each other. This can create a diagnostic challenge for dentists.
Multiple reports indicate a relationship between gum disease and heart disease. Dr. Oz's show has featured this many times. Inflammation in your gums can travel into your blood and lead to various diseases. Smoking is a risk factor for periodontal disease - yet one more reason to quit smoking. Multiple prescription drugs alter the amount and composition of our saliva, creating an obstacle to good oral health. (Xerostomia) These topics and others need to be reviewed at your dental visits.
Dr. Carpenter has practiced all aspects of dentistry for the past 30 years with particular emphases on sedation, comprehensive restorative, smile makeover, periodontal and implant dentistry. Our purpose is to provide exceptional dentistry in a friendly and comfortable setting. We are dedicated to complete dental care.
Cosmetic Dentistry can give you a smile you're happy to show off. Dr. Carpenter has invested in the latest technology and education including laser dentistry, sedation dentistry and orthodontics (invisible braces).
Our office is located at 272 Quassaick Avenue, New Windsor, NY. Call us at 845-561-2330 - we look forward to talking with you!