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Vertigo after Dental Work

Pardon me if this topic has been covered before.  I had a root canal 2 weeks ago, and then 3 teeth prepped for crowns one week later (last Thursday).  

Since then I have been having bouts of vertigo.  Have others experienced this?  If so, would you please share?  

My teeth feel fine, no pain, no swelling.  I am due to go back next Thursday to have 3 permanent crowns installed.

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Vertigo relates to me as an inner ear issue. I don't know how old you are but I know a friend in her late 30's that paid a heck of a lot of money at hospitals after some server bouts with Vertigo for them to tell her that she has an inner ear issue that only just surfaced. This think had her throwing up and laid out for the whole day and then she would be ok. Reminds me of when I was in my early 20's and had this rash all over my body totally unexplained... I went to the hospital and they gave me benadryl and it cleared it up. However I never figure out what happen or why it happen.
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Vertigo may occasionally be associated with temporomandibular diesrder. You r onset of vertigo attack may or may not be associated dental procedure. Hyperextesion of neck and turn to one side maximally may reduce the blood supply of internal carotid artery to brain and result of vertigo.Seeing medical professional is advised.
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I have had vertigo problems too.  The first time was in November 2008, the day after I had an upper molar pulled.  I had it for a couple of days following the procedure, and I have never had vertigo before.   I thought that swelling might be the cause, but yesterday I went in for a gum treatment and now I have it again.  I didn't experience any noticeable swelling from the procedure.  Both times the local anesthetic was strong enough to numb most of my face.  Previous trips these past few months had not produced vertigo, so I am wondering if it has something to do with where the shot is given.
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I am also experiencing vertigo and discomfort in the inner ear, immediately following my first root canal procedure.

During my first visit, the root canal file broke in my tooth and after being referred to another specialist the file was removed and my root canal procedure was completed. I still have a dull pain in my chin all day.

However, since the first procedure, I've been experiencing vertigo several times a day. The symptom occurs when I am walking or sitting
up. It's usually worse at night and often comes with a strong headache. I never had a migraine headache and I feel very tired all day.

I am going to see a specialist soon, but could you share your opinion about my case?







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On 4/28 (Tues)I had veneers removed from my 6 front teeth & then prepped for caps. Temporary was put on.  Besides the numerous shots, he gave me Valium & them 800 mg of Ibrupropen.  At about 6AM the next morn I had my first wave of vertigo. Since I was in pain, I took more Ibrupropen.(Wed mron).  By Wed. afternoon, I was starting to worry.  Looked up Ibruporpoen & a side effect is dizziness.  I quit taking it & all else.  On Friday I was fine.  I went to the dentist on Fri. as one part of my gums are swollen.  Now on Keflex.  Then today about noon the diziness is back.  I hope this goes away.  Any other comments would be really appreciated.


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Hi,
Im 30 years old, just had my first dental work ever (besides basic cleanings) I had an emergency root canal after my tooth broke off.  Iam experiencing the same thing you are describing. Im wondering what happened when you saw the doctor. Feeling a bit nervous about all of this and finding comfort in your comment.
Thank you.
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I just had a lower molor pulled #30 and have been having bouts of vertigo ever since, but its only been 8 days.  I went off the 800 motrin but i still get dizzy, worse in the morning. So weird, my doc gave me pills for the dizziness but I don't want to take them everyday. My husband swears it has something to do with the whole procedure. Hopefully by the end of the month this will disappear along with my sore mouth.
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I had a filling last October (2012) and almost a year later, I am still getting dizzy spells! I have never experienced anything like this before!! I have had everything tested in the past year EXCEPT my filling! Although I have been to the denist 2 more times during the last year I never really gave it much thought untill now! I seen two different ENT doctors, was a client at the dizziness clinic, seen my family doctor many times, tried different medications, was even at the out patients at the hospital many times. However, now I see that other people are experiencing the same type of thing AFTER dental work, my next step is calling the dentist this afternoon!!
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I had a couple of fillings done by a new dentist 4 weeks ago and having been getting bouts of mild vertigo ever since.
I have done a bit online research and find that many people have been reporting this syndrome over a long period, but it is not recognised by the dental or medical professions.  Requests for explanations are met with generalisations about the common causes of vertigo (ie anything other than dental treatment!).
The closest I got to an explanation was a paper about the tiny electrical currents generated by composite fillings in the mouth, which can cause this and many other side effects, according to the researcher.
Replacing the offending fillings might resolve the issue, but if your dentist doesn't realise there is a problem, he is just as likely to make it worse.
So no good news, I'm afraid.
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I had a sinus infection and stupidly a filling done as I was getting over it with antibiotics. The tooth was very painful after the filling and a few days later I woke up with severe vertigo, literally dropped to the floor. After that I was dizzy on and off for over a month. The doctor kept saying it was a virus, benign positional vertigo, etc... gave me stemetil and serc but it didn't go away. I kept bringing up the fact that it could be related to the dental work but was told three times to wait it out and try a physio for some manoeuvres to help the inner ear get back to normal. I still felt pain in my tooth and also in the ear near the tooth. Finally I had enough and went back to the dentist. They checked, said nothing wrong. Two weeks later I went back AGAIN and said there was definitely something wrong with the tooth. (And I thought it was too coincidental that the top right molar and my right ear were both in pain). He ended up drilling the filling out (it was a white one) and said the tooth did have a small fracture. I asked him to fill it with a metal one this time as I heard they are longer lasting and don't react so much to weather. From the day he replaced the filling, my vertigo (touch wood!) has disappeared. Completely. I haven't had one dizzy-free day in almost two months by that point and then it was gone. So I think you have to go with your gut and be pushy. Doctors are very quick to go with the average and say 'virus', 'give it time', 'here's some drugs that will mask it and not cure it'.
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I too have dizziness after lower jaw dental work.  I think that if you get enough drug in the injections to numb your jaw it also numbs your ear and causes dizziness.  The ear nerves just can't give you the feedback to feel stable or something, (but what do I know?).  I suspect this is fairly common and I don't understand why Dentists don't discuss it.  It is a creepy feeling and I need to have someone drive me home after a lower filling.  It goes away after a few days.  
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It is not likely that dental work should cause vertigo. But if you are experiencing vertigo after dental work it could be because of inflammation, too much dental work at once or nerve damage. This will get fine once you are healed.
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First excuse of my English.
I went to the dentist after feeling a little pain after drinking hot or cold.
before I said "jack Robinson" he started to make a root work.
In the middle he said that now I will feel a vibration during the drilling.
And I feel it. The next day in the morning when I wake up I felt an awful dizziness and stay laying in bed for 3 days hardly went to the toilet.
Stay in one position and did not move. cant hear TV or listening to the radio. After 3 days without eating only drinking it began to be a little better. Only after 2 and half years I can exchange position and sleep on the left side. All this years I slept only on the right side, because if I try immediately feel dizziness.
After asking a lot of doctors trough the internet, everybody said never hear of vertigo after dental work (are they crazy or what?) somebody told me that when they drill on low speed it cause viberation in the head. Thats the reason that nobody is telling.
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I too am experiencing this same thing. I just had the first dental work I've had since middle school. I just got several fillings on the right side of both my top row and jaw. The procedure seemed to have gone well. Very little pain or discomfort.  For the rest of the day, after the local anesthesia wore off, my mouth did hurt a bit. However, the next day I felt no pain. But then, the dizziness and slight vertigo began. Its been 3 days since my procedure and my vertigo has only gotten worse.  I do find comfort reading all these comments and I hope the symptoms subside quickly.
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http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/specialty_areas/vestibular/conditions/benign_paroxysmal_positional_vertigo.html
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Happened to me yesterday.  I found my answer here.  http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/specialty_areas/vestibular/conditions/benign_paroxysmal_positional_vertigo.html
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My vertigo is due to iron deficiency body, red blood cells reduced by the amount of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin less than the amount of oxygen the brain, resulting in a sense of vertigo.
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Hello there.  I am 37 and had two molars pulled on 6/27/14.  As of today 07/23/14 I am still having bouts of lightheadedness.  I cannot call them vertigo because the room has never felt like it was spinning.  My husband too feels that it is due to my oral surgery.  I called the surgeon and he very quickly dismissed me and said no it is not related, but that I should see an ENT.  Not only have I seen an ENT, I have have an EKG and a ct scan and a stress test.  All tests came back normal.  I am sick of wasting my time off from work, scared no one will ever really know what is wrong and nervous something may be wrong...are you feeling better mamabear04???  
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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.  My husband is a dentist and we have a patient that suffers this syndrome.  Please do some research and this may help explain your symptoms.
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I had my first, very severe vertigo attack 2 years ago just a few days after a dental procedure. I was trying to stand up and fell on the floor. This was not dizziness, this was vertigo. I felt better a few minutes and called 911. I was told by the ER doctor I had a simple syncope (fainting episode). I know she was wrong (cost $7.000). I had 2 more episodes of severe spinning a few days later and then it stopped.
Just recently I had to go back to the dentist for fillings (2 one hour appointments). The drilling made me nauseous. I actually didn't know the drilling can shake up the inner ear and cause severe vertigo. Since the 2 visits I experienced 4 attack, twice I fell.
These attacks are extremely frightening. I thought I was having a stroke or a heart attack, or I might die. Now I'm fearful they might return.
I wish dentists talked about these issues. I also develop ear aches after each dental visit.
Now I have some hope the drilling caused these vertigo attacks and not something even more serious, like high BP or a stroke.
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I had my first, very severe vertigo attack 2 years ago just a few days after a dental procedure. I was trying to stand up and fell on the floor. This was not dizziness, this was vertigo. I felt better a few minutes and called 911. I was told by the ER doctor I had a simple syncope (fainting episode). I know she was wrong (cost $7.000). I had 2 more episodes of severe spinning a few days later and then it stopped.
Just recently I had to go back to the dentist for fillings (2 one hour appointments). The drilling made me nauseous. I actually didn't know the drilling can shake up the inner ear and cause severe vertigo. Since the 2 visits I experienced 4 attack, twice I fell.
These attacks are extremely frightening. I thought I was having a stroke or a heart attack, or I might die. Now I'm fearful they might return.
I wish dentists talked about these issues. I also develop ear aches after each dental visit.
Now I have some hope the drilling caused these vertigo attacks and not something even more serious, like high BP or a stroke.
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This is a syndrome that might have been caused by your dentist husband.
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