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Why do my back upper teeth ache..i thought it was sinuses so

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why do my back upper teeth ache..i thought it was sinuses so i got on a antibotic but after i went off it still aches.had a cold and producing mucus..takeing tylenol for discomfort..do you thinl i could be grinding teeth .life is stressful at the moment
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 1 year ago.

Hi Edward, if your sinuses are still involved that could explain the aching you are experiencing on you upper back teeth. Even after you finish your antibiotics it takes awhile for the tissues to respond and return to normal. The floor of your sinus will be sore and inflamed even though the active infection has been addressed. If you do grind your teeth or clench your teeth often that is another reason that the molars will ache. Stress plays a huge role in how are teeth respond to all the extra forces we place on them both awake and when we sleep. This is especially true if you wake sore in the morning which is an indicator of clenching while sleeping which will impact the ligaments that hold the teeth in place. When the the ligaments are irritated the teeth will hurt. If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold foods as well and the pain lingers after they are stimulated then that means that the rebound reaction of the nerves are bad and a problem is present. If they are not sensitive to temperature then the bite is the issue and sinuses and stress are the most common causes of aching. Give it some time and if there is no improvement after 2 weeks the you can see your dentist for a possible night guard appliance which will help with the grinding and clenching. Hopefully the stress you are now having will slowly resolve itself and your aching along with it. Does all this make sense to you?

Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 11 months ago.

Hi Ed, are you still having problems?