Tooth Pain Part 3: Dull Ache in the Upper Teeth

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Blog Highlights:

  • The cause of a dull ache in your upper teeth can be hard to determine
  • The nerves of your upper teeth are connected to your sinuses
  • Your dentist can help determine if you are grinding or clenching your teeth

Have you ever experienced dull pain or aching in your upper teeth? The cause of this type of pain is often hard to determine. For example, if you live in Orem, Utah, you may experience pain in your upper teeth during the change of seasons when the atmospheric pressure shifts and pollen counts rise. Why? Because the nerves of your upper teeth are connected to your sinuses. If your sinuses are under pressure or you're suffering seasonal allergies, it is not uncommon to feel pain in your teeth.

Similarly if you have a cold, general sinus congestion, or are suffering from a sinus infection, you are likely to experience dull pain in the upper teeth. For sinus problems, it is best to see your general doctor or visit an urgent care clinic for treatment and relief.

If you know for a fact that your sinuses are fine or you've treated the sinus problem and still feel pain, then it is time to seek help from your dentist. The other likely cause of dull pain in the upper teeth is clenching or grinding your teeth. Clenching and grinding your teeth can happen for a variety of reasons, for example, if you are experiencing more than a reasonable amount of stress in your daily life. Your dentist can help determine if you are grinding or clenching your teeth. Treatment may involve wearing a mouth guard when you sleep or some other type of head gear.