Dental Issues
When a Toothache is Really a Sinus Problem
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:05:18 AM

Otolaryngologist Explains How to Spot the Differences

( - The pressure, pain and throbbing that often accompany a toothache can be a distressing ordeal for patients of all ages. However your toothache could be all in your head- literally!

Dr. Jordan Pritikin, a board-certified otolaryngologist at The Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, explains that patients often mistake a sinus infection for a toothache. "Pressure that is often synonymous with a toothache may actually be referred pain from a sinus infection," says Dr. Pritikin. "With the sinuses in such close proximity to the roots of your teeth, it can be difficult for patients to pinpoint the exact origins of the pain."

To determine the root of the problem, Dr. Pritikin explains that other ailments should be taken into consideration. "Facial pressure, particularly behind the eyes, in addition to tooth sensitivity, may signify that a sinus infection is at hand," says Dr. Pritikin.

About Dr. Jordan Pritikin

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attendedRush Medical College in Chicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit


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