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A 66-year-old female asked:

can a tooth infection cause dizziness or vertigo?

11 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Unlikely: It is highly unlikely that a dental infection could cause true vertigo (spinning). True spinning is most commonly caused by inner ear dysfunction. Dizziness, however, is a a non-specific term term which can mean anything from light headedness to unsteadiness, to loss of balance which are usually central (brain) in origin. It is possible that dental pain might produce symptoms like the latter.
Dr. Jai Prakash
Dentistry 51 years experience
Yes it is possible : It depends on the severity of infection. It can also be due to lack of food intake which can cause general weakness resulting in dizziness.
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 24 years experience
Very unlikely: Tooth infections can sometimes mimic other types of disease processes, but this wouldnt be the route i'd take first. Inner ear infection, high blood pressure, or more severe issues may be causing this.
Dr. Kini Tran
Dr. Kini Tran answered
Dentistry 18 years experience
Yes: If the infection is bad enough and it is in the nerve of your tooth, your immune system will kick in and tell your body that there is something wrong and that you need to get it fixed. Vertigo /dizziness, throbbing, lingering tooth aches and pain that wakes you up at night are the symptoms.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Emergency: Tooth pain and referred pain from a tooth needs to be diagnosed by your dentist. Vertigo and dizziness could also be related to inner ear or stroke symptoms. Please seek care from your dentist asap or go to the emergency room asap.
Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
For sure: There are many nerves in very close prozimity around and about the face and the mouth, all close to the brain and the ear too. Teeth infections should be one of the first things treated if a patient is experiencing vertigo.
Dr. Chetan Mehta
Dentistry 22 years experience
Yes: Yes it can. The infection can affect the ear as the trigeminal nerve which supplies both upper an lower teeth, is situated by the ear. The ear is the source of balance and affliction of this organ by an infection can cause vertigo.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: It is possible if the infection affects the inner ear.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Indirectly: The infection and pain could cause an inability to chew and or eat and thereby cause dizziness...
Dr. Gary Alder
Dentistry 47 years experience
Not likely: The inner ear is the location where problems associated with dizziness or vertigo is most commonly associated with. Dental infection could influence the inner ear slightly in advanced or chronic case. I advise you contact an ear nose and throat physician with this complaint.
Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 32 years experience
In theory, yes: if bad enough to were it is causing spasms of the jaw and neck muscles, yes, it can cause dizziness

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, could a low level tooth infection cause vertigo?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Vertigo: How low level is low level? Do you have a fever, night sweats, other symptoms? An infection of any kind is not to be ignored. Please see your dds or your md and have the infection treated.

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