The origins of maxillary sinusitis may be linked to dental problems: dental decay accompanied by pulp necrosis, a vertical dental fracture or a periodontal infection.
Treatment sometimes requires consultation with two different professional health practitioners: the dentist and the physician.
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Maxillary sinusitis is often benign, but if it is not cared for properly, it may lead to more serious problems involving:
- headaches, cephalgias,
- chronic infections,
- neurological problems, eye or skin ailments…
The causes of maxillary sinusitis
There are several possible causes:
- nasal obstruction, respiratory problems,
- an important deviation of the nasal septum,
- allergies, general health problems,
- infections from dental causes (caries, gingivits…),
- severe periodontitis that translate into bone support loss.
Different types of sinusitis
1- Acute sinusitis, a very rare occurence.
2- Chronic sinusitis, the most frequent form.
3- Blocked sinusitis, manifested by severe pain.
4- Complicated sinusitis: the infection can cause lesions in areas other than the sinuses, such as the ethmoidal, frontal or sphenoidal zones, the larynx, the mouth or the eyes.
The treatment must target together the sinus and the infected tooth or teeth.
Your dentist at the David & Cloutier dental clinic will suggest an oral-dental treatment or will refer you to a physician.
- The infection must be fought quickly by facilitating the drainage of the sinus (using inhalations, aerosols, antibiotics…).
- The pain must be reduced or suppressed (using analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs).
- It is important to prevent sinusitis from changing into a chronic disease (by treating the cavity, the dental pulp or the canal and as a last resort, extracting the tooth).
If occurrences of sinusitis repeat, we advise you to contact your neighbourhood dentist – located next to the Papineau metro station AS WELL AS your family doctor. Our Montreal Dental Clinic is open from Monday to Friday and our welcome hostess will give you all the required information and will quickly set up an appointment for you.
Our dental surgeon will then perform a precise diagnostic. The dentist will thus determine whether the pain originates from a decayed tooth, a bad filling or some other cause.
The treatments that are proposed are simple and efficient; it would be regrettable to needlessly endure pain that could even turn into a chronic disease.