Sunday, February 12, 2012

Test Your Diagnostic Skills Contest

The Problem: Sharp, intermittent pain in my upper left wisdom tooth and a persistent cough. A dental examination showed no problem with the tooth. The x-ray showed that the wisdom tooth had longer roots than  the other molars.  The diagram below may help you. Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Er.... sinus infection? Or was that a rhetorical question? I`m suffering a bad head cold myself atm, and getting odd tooth sensitivity. There`s a lot of it about, apparently. Hope you feel better soon.

Lori Miller said...

Yay! Yes, your maxillary sinuses are just above your teeth, and if they're full, it can make your teeth hurt. And of course, the thick, extra mucus from a sinus infection will make you cough.

Some things that helped me: no wheat or dairy (they make me congested), 10,000 IU per day of vitamin D (I believe this helped me beat back a relapse), and a course of antibiotics.

Some evidence for vitamin D protecting against colds and flu: