People who suffer from frequent sinus infections just assume that it is their own anatomy that causes them and they cannot stop the infections from happening. The truth is, they are only half right. The position of the roots of some teeth, such as the long roots of the canine teeth and the proximal distance of the molars from the maxillary sinuses, can be the very cause of sinus infections. For your dentist to address this very unique problem, you will need to start with some X-rays of your teeth and the lower half of your head.

The Position of the Teeth and Your Sinuses

Most of your sinus cavities are located above your nose, eyes and brow. However, maxillary sinuses, the largest ones in the human head, are perched right up front under your cheekbones. Canine teeth, the pointed teeth you have in your upper mandible, often have very long roots that stretch upward toward your nose and the sinuses. Your molars that sit just behind the canines and below the sinuses also have an effect on the health of your maxillary sinuses.

Teeth Roots and Their Problems

When your sinuses begin to swell, the roots of your canines press up into the swollen sinuses. You may even see some swelling in the gum tissue that holds your canine teeth in place. This is a sure sign that your canine roots extend far up above and have something to do with the sinus discomfort you feel. Your molars do not have roots as long, but they are right underneath these sinus cavities and any infection in the gums around the molars can actually travel up into the sinuses themselves. An abscess is an especially unpleasant tooth problem that creates an even worse sinus infection.

What Your Dentist Can Do About Your Teeth

Dealing with the teeth that cause your frequent sinus infections is not easy. When the teeth are healthy, your dentist has no reason to pull them and replace them other than that their roots are making it impossible for you to breathe and forcing you to take antibiotics. When the teeth are not as healthy, as in the case of a pus pocket and an abscess surround the root of a molar, then your dentist can remove the molar and supply you with a partial or an implant. Having a partial or a dental implant replace the troublesome tooth means you will have fewer sinus infections and will not have to take as many medications. Talk to your dentist, one like Southridge Dental, for more information.