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.