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Can a Toothache Make Me Feel Dizzy?

Brunette woman portraying dizziness from a tooth infectionI started feeling dizzy last weekend and wonder if it has anything to do with my toothache. I had the 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? Thank you. Tania from Lansing, MI

Tania– If your 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. A Healthline article on the symptoms of a spreading tooth infection lists dizziness as a signal that the disease 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?

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. If your dizziness is related to your tooth infection, root canal therapy will relieve it. 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. Without treatment, you may lose the tooth and need more costly, time-consuming treatment, including a dental implant to replace it.

 

Dr. Heng Lim, an Owasso, Oklahoma dentist, sponsors this post.

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What Brands of Dental Implants Should I Request?

I’ve done a lot of research on dental implants. I’ve decided to explore this option and see if I qualify for them. If I do qualify, how do I know which brands of implants to ask for? I know implant mistakes can happen, and I don’t want it to be because of cheap implants that might rust in my mouth or fall out. Thanks. Troy from Milwaukee

Troy,

Thank you for your question.

If you receive dental implants in the U.S., a reputable implant dentist will use quality implant fixtures. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates implant fixtures in the United States. Those fixtures are of the highest quality. If you take the risk of going out of the country for cheaper dental implants, the risks are higher because the regulations differ in other countries.

The FDA works with the American Dental Association to ensure dentists observe implant standards and follow regulations closely. The implant screw, the surgical procedure, and the dental crowns attached to the fixture must meet safety regulations.

What Factors Affect Dental Implant Success?

Dental implant crown, abutment, and root form
Look for a dentist with advanced implant training

Dental implant success largely depends on the implant dentist’s skill. A highly trained and skilled dentist will ensure proper planning with three-dimensional diagnostic studies. These CT scans help determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants and where to place the implants.

If a dentist skips proper planning or uses improper surgical techniques, even fixtures of the highest quality can loosen and fail.

An experienced implant dentist will select the correct implant size and brand for your case. It is not to your benefit to request a specific brand of dental implants if the dentist can’t match the fixtures with your particular needs.

Choose an implant dentist carefully. Below are a few things to look for:

  • Training, experience, and credentials
  • The number of implant cases the dentist has completed from start to finish
  • Before-and-after pictures of the dentist’s dental implant patients

You can schedule two or three consultations with implant dentists. Compare the dentists’ experience, treatment options, and fees.

Dr. Heng Lim, an Owasso, Oklahoma dentist, sponsors this post.

 

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My Root Canal Tooth Is Turning Dark

Man with an unsure expression about dental crowns and TMJ concernsI am unsure if I should go with my dentist’s recommendation to get a crown for my front tooth. Last fall, after my left front tooth was knocked out in an accident, I made an emergency appointment with my dentist. He reinserted the tooth and bonded it back in place. He also did root canal treatment. I notice that the tooth is darker than the others. When I saw my dentist two weeks ago, he said I might need a crown.

Is a crown the only solution for a front tooth that is getting dark? I do not know if I can trust what I read online, but I read two articles that say a crown might not be the best way to handle the issue. The last time I needed a crown, it took four months for my dentist to correct my bite and get rid of the earaches and the pain I started to experience. Thanks. Lyle from Montana

Lyle,

Thank you for your inquiry.

Although a crown on the front tooth strengthens it from chipping, it weakens the tooth against lateral stresses. The tooth may break off if you have a heavy or forceful bite. You were wise to see your dentist promptly and get the tooth replanted.

Tooth Discoloration After Root Canal Treatment

Tooth discoloration after root canal treatment is not unusual. Your dentist can decrease discoloration without a crown by removing root canal filling materials, including gutta-percha or cement, from the inside of the tooth’s crown (the portion above the gumline). If your tooth is discoloring after several months, your dentist probably left some of those materials in your tooth’s crown.

Internal Bleaching for a Root Canal Tooth

An advanced cosmetic dentist can use internal bleaching to improve tooth color if your tooth is darkening after root canal treatment.

A cosmetic dentist’s process might involve these steps:

  • Clean out the inside of the tooth’s crown
  • Internally bleach the tooth
  • Insert a flexible fiberglass post deep inside the tooth
  • Seal the opening

The tooth should maintain its lighter color for several years. When it begins to discolor, your cosmetic dentist can bond a custom-made porcelain veneer to conceal the discoloration. A quality veneer that a dentist bonds correctly can last 15 years or longer.

If you need a crown for any reason, a skilled cosmetic dentist can provide it without disrupting your bite and causing TMJ symptoms. The technique we described requires a dentist to have post-graduate cosmetic dentistry training. Dentists who focus on tooth aesthetics participate in continuing education to stay current with tools and techniques that produce beautiful results.

An X-ray to Check for External Resorption

External resorption occurs when your body rejects a tooth and eats away at the tooth root and can occur with replanted teeth. An x-ray will reveal any damage to your tooth roots. A cosmetic dentist will explain treatment for a tooth with external resorption.

 

Owasso, Oklahoma dentist Dr. Heng Lim sponsors this post.

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