Thursday, January 31, 2019 08:08 PM

COULD A TOOTH INFECTION BE THE SOURCE OF CHRONIC SINUS PROBLEMS? - DENTAL TRIBUNE INTERNATIONAL

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: According to Dr. Michael J. Lewis, a root canal specialist, chronic sinus infections are sometimes caused by an underlying tooth infection. In short, sometimes the roots of ones teeth become infected, and that infection can spread to their sinuses, Lewis said.

This medical condition Lewis referred to is called maxillary sinusitis of endodontic origin (MSEO). Most people do not realize it, but the roots of the upper back teeth often extend quite close to a hollow, air-filled space located behind their cheekbones called the maxillary sinus. If one of these upper back teeth becomes infected, the infection can spread rather easily out of the end of the tooths root and spread into the maxillary sinus. Patients suffering with MSEO will often exhibit low-grade sinus or nasal symptoms, including post-nasal drip or general sinus congestion, which they may think is due to seasonal allergies.

Some patients may even experience recurring sinus infections, which are often treated by their physician with antibiotics. While antibiotics will resolve the patients sinus symptoms for a period, the antibiotics are incapable of reaching the source of the infection inside the tooth. Once the antibiotics are ceased, the infection will slowly re-emerge from the tooth ...

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