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can tmj or wisdom tooth infection cause headaches and dizziness/vertigo?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Hedache vertigo: Yes they both can.See a dentist.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Both TMJ problems and infected wisdom teeth can cause headaches. Dizziness and vertigo may be related to TMJ problems, but not usually wisdom teeth.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 16 years experience
Causes of vertigo: Often, the medical community will tie the cause of vertigo and dizziness to infections of the middle ear. There are other possibilities including spasm of the cervical musculature or trigeminal nerve dysfunction effecting blood flow to the brain. Consult a neurologist for further investigation.
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Absolutely: Tmj can definitely cause headaches in the temple and mid- facial zone. It can cause a sense of fullness in the ears, ringing in the ears, and generalized dizziness or being off kilter. Treatment of TMJ includes heat to area, soft diet, antiinflammatories like ibuprofen, sometimes a muscle relaxant, and a night guard for the teeth..
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Yes. Start with an exam by your dentist to point you in the right direction.

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Last updated May 17, 2018

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