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Could a Toothache Make Me Feel Dizzy?

Posted by AllSmiles

I started feeling dizzy two weeks ago. I wonder if it has anything to do with my toothache. I had a dentist look at my tooth about a month ago. She examined my tooth and took an X-ray. She said I need a root canal, but I haven’t scheduled an appointment yet. Do you think the dizziness has anything to do with my toothache, or could it be TMJ? How soon do I need to get a root canal? I don’t want it to become an emergency. Honestly, I have been putting it off because I am afraid. Thank you. Dana from Mayfield Hts, OH

Dana – If a dentist recommended a root canal treatment after completing an exam and taking an X-ray, it is because your tooth is infected.

Can a Toothache Make You Feel Dizzy?

An untreated toothache can make you feel dizzy eventually. Dizziness results if the condition reaches the nerves in your ear, causing imbalance. Dizziness is a sign that the infection is worsening.

Other signs and symptoms of a progressive tooth infection include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Facial swelling
  • Swollen gums
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing

The infection will continue to spread until a dentist treats it. You can prevent other health issues by seeing a dentist right away.

Is Your Dizziness TMJ?

A dental implant with root, abutment, and crown
An untreated toothache can cause dizziness as the infection spreads. See a dentist to avoid losing the tooth and needing an implant.

Dizziness is a symptom of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. According to the TMJ Association, jaw-joint disorders can cause ear pain, ringing, and dizziness. Still, if your dentist examined your tooth and took an x-ray, please do not assume that your dizziness is TMJ-related. Follow up with your dentist for root canal treatment.

What Can You Expect with Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is a painless, routine procedure. An experienced dentist or root canal specialist (endodontist) will take these steps:

  • Numb your gums and tooth
  • Remove the infection
  • Disinfect the tooth
  • Replace the infected tooth pulp with a root canal filler material
  • Protect the tooth to seal out bacteria
  • Recommend a dental crown if necessary

Call your dentist’s office today for an urgent appointment. Treatment delays allow the infection to spread. You may lose the tooth without treatment and need more costly, time-consuming treatment, including a dental implant to replace it. Ask the dentist about sedation options to help you relax throughout treatment.


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