Non-Odontogenic Toothache Caused by Acute Maxillary Sinusitis: A Case Report

  • Kim, Ki-Mi (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University) ;
  • Byun, Jin-Seok (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University) ;
  • Jung, Jae-Kwang (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University) ;
  • Choi, Jae-Kap (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University)
  • Received : 2016.05.21
  • Accepted : 2016.05.31
  • Published : 2016.06.30


Non-odontogenic toothaches are frequently present and can be challenge to the dental clinician. A 41-year-old male patient with sharp and spontaneous pain on the right maxillary posterior dentition, which developed as like localized toothache 3 months ago, was finally treated with endoscope assisted sinus surgery on right maxillary sinus. Although the initial clinical characteristics are similar to odontogenic toothache in this patient, previous several treatment with the affected teeth did not alleviate the pain. Sinusitis around the facial structure is one of the common causes to make referred pain to maximally teeth and the sinus toothache resembles the pulpal or the periodontal toothache. The clinician should be well aware of various causes of the non-odontogenic toothache and be able to differentiate them.


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