Vertigo and Dizziness After Wisdom Teeth Removal

One of the rare complications that can occur after wisdom teeth removal is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) where one experiences symptoms of vertigo and dizziness. This is discussed over on the wisdom teeth complications page at http://www.teethremoval.com/complications.html. I have a long running survey on this website where I ask people to share their experiences with wisdom teeth removal see http://teethremoval.polldaddy.com/s/6E8CF57E23BD9041. Some previous survey responses appear over at http://blog.teethremoval.com/successful-and-positive-wisdom-teeth-removal-experiences/, http://blog.teethremoval.com/wisdom-teeth-surgery-survey/, http://blog.teethremoval.com/wisdom-teeth-extraction-survey/, and http://blog.teethremoval.com/wisdom-teeth-survey/.

A few recent entries to my survey have discussed what seems to be getting BPPV after wisdom teeth removal.

A Canadian women who had wisdom teeth extracted at age 21 said:

“Diagnosed with BPPV 7 months after removal and chronic sinus infections that started 2 months after removal of wisdom teeth.”

An American man who had wisdom teeth extracted at age 30 said:

” I went to a dentist for the extraction of a tooth next to upper right wisdom tooth. Dentist suggested to take out wisdom tooth as well when I didn’t have a problem with it. I started having dizziness on the third day after surgery. I still have the dizziness. I asked my dentist about the problem I had who said it hasn’t anything to do with Wisdom teeth removal. I never had any dizziness or sinus problems in my life before that. I ended up visiting ENT doctor for my sinus problems I had post dental surgery. It’s been a recurring problem since then. I regret a lot thinking I should have researched about the wisdom tooth extraction before going for that.”

So based on research I have seen it appears that such symptoms as vertigo, dizziness, and even hearing loss can occur after wisdom teeth removal. It is possible indirect trauma during surgery can damage semicircular canals and dissolve otoliths leading to dizziness. It is further possible that extreme rotation of the cervical spine during surgery can lead to microemboli formulation which could lead to obstruction of the blood supply to the inner ear leading to hearing loss. Sinus infections are more well known complications that can occur after wisdom teeth removal. Perhaps a sinus infection can contribute to vertigo and dizziness but I have not seen this supported in literature so far that I have seen.

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10 Responses to Vertigo and Dizziness After Wisdom Teeth Removal

  1. Nasira Hamdani February 7, 2017 at 1:33 am #

    i am having the same problem right now. i just got my wisdom tooth removed now its been 3 days after removing am having dizziness and my ear hurts but not that much. What can i do its scaring me? please help

  2. Laura February 12, 2017 at 4:57 am #

    Im from Holland and i have also this problem after wishdom removal. It hold on for 2 weeks now and it scares me. I cant ride and work and im feeling so tired all day. Sometimes i fell down from dizziness and cant longer stay. The dentist said to me that its not possible that this problem comes from the removal. I want my normal life back…

  3. Jane March 4, 2017 at 2:12 am #

    I had my upper right wisdom tooth removed two months ago and gave had vertigo and dizziness ever since. The nerves around the site were damaged and the gum area is still dead on one side. I have been very worried and am pleased to have found this post.

  4. Maricela March 23, 2017 at 7:15 am #

    I did not have wisdom teeth removed, I did have my 2 lower back molars removed and 7 days after, i feel discomfort in one ear, ringing, dizziness that comes and goes. I want my life back.

  5. Nancy April 2, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    I too have developed vertigo recently, five days after having a lower molar removed. The extraction was difficult. The dentist had a hard time removing the tooth. I had a significant amount of swelling on that side of the face and now the ear on that always feels kind of blocked. I am convinced that the vertigo is somehow related to the tooth extraction. I have had this before not related to any dental work so I have learned how to deal with it sort of. I am using a nasal decongestant twice a day to try to reduce or help with the ear canals and I try to figure out which way I move my head that sets off the dizziness, and then try not to move my head in that direction. Still , Any quick motions sets it off and some days I feel nauseous from it. It also creates headaches. And makes me want to keep my eyes closed all the time. This is my sixth day and I am really ready for it to be gone!

  6. hilly balas April 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    you have benign positional vertigo., most likely they put a strain on your artery in your neck. actifed will help but learn not to press your neck too far to left or right, or make sudden moves. sleeping with a soft towel folded into 4ths helps.

  7. Mya July 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

    I just had 2of my back teeth pulled 5days ago and I’m feeling this way it scares the crap out of me I can’t even function normally I was so happy to get them removed as 1of the teeth was bothering me now I wish I just dealt with the pain instead of feeling dizzy like this does anyone know how long this is supposed to last? Is this permanent?

  8. Vass July 28, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    It’s been exactly one week since I removed both my upper back teeth and I still feel dizzy almost 24/7, it is exhausting. I feel like having my eyes closed is the only thing that helps a bit. I hope is goes away soon!

  9. Armaan Saif August 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    The dentists should educate the person about the possiblities of complications that might occur after removal of wisdom tooth how ignorant are these dentists who leave the patients in trauma im feeling so miserable & helpless since having both of these problems vertigo & tinnitus since the removal of wisdom tooth

  10. Jade August 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    I had to have all of my upper teeth pulled recently. He pulled them 4 or 5 at a time over a three week period. After the first week, I was fine other than some soreness. After the second week, I noticed frequent, dull headaches. I had the last of them pulled yesterday morning, about 32 hours ago. I started noticing ringing in my ears the morning, but didn’t start to associate it with my teeth until the dizziness set in. I thought maybe I was becoming dehydrated or that it could possibly be the lack of food, because it is next to impossible to eat without any upper teeth. So, I started drinking as much water as possible and had a bowl of soup, then a little bit of ice cream. It’s been a little over four hours and I’m still not feeling well. My dentist won’t be back in the office for two more days. Is this something I should be concerned about (because to be honest I’m kind of starting to have a panic attack)? Should I just try to wait and hope it goes away, or should I go get checked out at the ER? I also have a pretty bad headache and I don’t take opiates, but I have been taking Ibuprofen and Tylenol.

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