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Can a tooth infection cause dizziness or vertigo?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: In theory, yes

if bad enough to were it is causing spasms of the jaw and neck muscles, yes, it can cause dizziness

In brief: In theory, yes

if bad enough to were it is causing spasms of the jaw and neck muscles, yes, it can cause dizziness
Dr. Felix Brizuela
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Gary Alder
Dentistry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Gary Alder
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry

In brief: Indirectly

The infection and pain could cause an inability to chew and or eat and thereby cause dizziness.
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In brief: Indirectly

The infection and pain could cause an inability to chew and or eat and thereby cause dizziness.
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Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry

In brief: Yes

It is possible if the infection affects the inner ear.

In brief: Yes

It is possible if the infection affects the inner ear.
Dr. Richard Ruden
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Dr. Chetan Mehta
Dentistry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Chetan Mehta
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Theodore Ritota
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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Kini Tran
Dentistry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kini Tran
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Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ragan Faler
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Dr. Jai Prakash
Dentistry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Jai Prakash
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