I have a tooth that has been sensitive for awhile now. I don’t really know what type of dentist I need. The tooth is starting to flare up and strangely my sinuses feel funny when it is bothering me. It is on and off, so I don’t know if it is a cavity. What is the best dentist to address something like this?
-Ben in Texas
Until the tooth has been diagnosed properly to determine the best course of action, the best dentist to see is probably a general dentist. Based on what you have described, it is possible that the inside or pulp of the tooth is flaring up and bothering you. These type of on and off flare-ups and sensitivity, may be symptoms that the tooth would require a root canal. So, even though it doesn’t sound like you are dealing with terrible pain, you need to be seen. This could very easily turn into a dental emergency if it is left alone. That’s not to scare you, but to make sure you get in to have the tooth evaluated.
The sinus pressure you mention may also be an indicator that the tooth is dying. Sometimes, a toothache can cause a radiating pain through the face and sinuses. Many people complain of a toothache when they have a cold or sinus problem. The areas are very near each other and this is common.
Again, get in as soon as possible so this issue doesn’t turn into a larger, more painful emergency situation. A general dentist will be able to evaluate the problem, then refer you to a root canal specialist if needed.
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