Broken Wisdom Tooth — Could My Tinnitus Be Caused by Inflammation from the Tooth?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Deniseh, Oct 19, 2019.

    1. Deniseh

      Deniseh Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly b12/folic acid deficiency and GERD
      Hi,

      Just a thought...

      I have a broken wisdom tooth on the same side as my tinnitus ear and it’s always very sensitive. I also had an abscess in it although that was last year (not been to the dentist but please don’t shoot me).

      Now I was told by ENT consultant that they think my tinnitus is caused by acid reflux (I also have popping Eustachian tubes) and B12/folic acid deficiency.

      But could my tinnitus be caused by inflammation originating from this tooth?


      Any reply would be great.
       
    2. George Ablett

      George Ablett Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly Wisdom Teeth
      Yeah I'm pretty sure that could be the case. My tinnitus and ear popping started the exact same day my bottom right wisdom tooth (impacted) broke through the skin (there was blood everywhere) - and guess what, it's the right ear that rings and pops. Now my orthodontist is adamant that your wisdom teeth and ears aren't related but just have a look on the internet for other cases and you will see this is absolutely not true. It's not that common though.

      My dentist however believes from the CT scan that my upper right wisdom tooth (impacted), which hasn't erupted, is abnormally big and overlapping with my sinus passages from what he can interpret on the 2D image.

      Anyway, I'm trying a night guard now to see if it is a simple case of TMJ but I feel I am right and they'll have to come out.

      Hope this helps. Message me if you want to talk further!
       
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      Deniseh

      Deniseh Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly b12/folic acid deficiency and GERD
      @George Ablett

      Thankyou for the reply

      Did your dentist tell you that you had TMJ, the reason I ask is because I grind and clench my teeth all the time and this is why my tooth broke.and I’ve given my tongue some nasty bites during sleep when I catch it

      Definitely going to see the dentist to get checked out worth a try xx

      Best of luck to you as well xx
       
    4. George Ablett

      George Ablett Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly Wisdom Teeth
      Ah right. My orthodontist said this yes, but I'm not so sure it's a usual case of TMJ as I do not get any pain in my jaw, only ear ringing and popping. Plus if you google TMJ and wisdom teeth it says "retaining wisdom teeth is one common cause of TMJ disorder" so I believe I'm in this category but I don't know for certain yet.

      One other thing to mention, a year ago I spoke to this girl from Poland whose blog I found online regarding her ear problem and she had all the same symptoms as me. I suggested the wisdom tooth possibility so she updated her blog with this information. Then some months later a girl from India found this blog, had her upper wisdom teeth removed and it fixed her problem! Needless to say she was very grateful.
       
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      Deniseh

      Deniseh Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly b12/folic acid deficiency and GERD
      Wow @George Ablett

      That’s excellent so there is hope then.

      Is your t loud and are you managing it?

      Mine keeps changing, screech is only there intermittently but I have a low buzz that changes and seems to go up and down with my breathing especially after a hot shower and then fades into the background thought this was maybe something to do with bp?
       
    6. George Ablett

      George Ablett Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly Wisdom Teeth
      Definitely. If you haven't got tinnitus purely from loud noises then everyone should be hopeful I think.

      Hmm I really can't judge if I have loud or quiet t but I guess I don't notice it during the day unless I'm in a very quiet room. It's worst in the mornings and at night laying down but I believe that's to do with the pressure in my ears. They feel very stuffy and I have to yawn or open my jaw to unblock them but still get popping and clicking in the right ear. The t never changes though, just constant high pitch.

      That must be awful for you, sorry to hear that. Do you ever get like an underwater sound in your head sometimes as you talk or your jaw movements don't affect it?
       
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      Deniseh

      Deniseh Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly b12/folic acid deficiency and GERD
      @George Ablett

      No I don’t get an underwater feeling just blocked ear feeling lol, sometimes moving my jaw or even bending over causes the pitch to change so it sounds like an engine revving high and low, it’s not terribly loud (the now anyway) probably a 2 on the scale but just annoying when you tune into it.

      I also hear it worse at night, although it’s ok when I go to sleep, it’s just when I wake up it has intensified, so I need to use my tinnitus app to get back to sleep.

      Oh the joys.
       
    8. Tinniger

      Tinniger Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      increasingly uncertain, maybe noise, maybe somatic ?
      I consider an inflamed upper wisdom tooth to be a much more obvious cause of tinnitus than GERD or vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency due to its proximity to anatomical structures of the hearing system.
       
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      Deniseh

      Deniseh Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly b12/folic acid deficiency and GERD
      @Tinniger

      I do as well and I’m soo hoping we’re both right, I have a chronic fear of dentists but I’m going to have to suck it up and get it sorted and hopefully (in my dreams anyway) the dreaded t will end

      I am trying to be positive and keep my fingers crossed x
       
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      Deniseh

      Deniseh Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly b12/folic acid deficiency and GERD
      @George Ablett

      Hi

      meant to say your orthodontist is soo wrong as wisdom teeth almost certainly affect your Eustachian tubes, my DD who is 20 is getting her wisdom teeth through just now (only the bottom ones) but the left one became slightly infected, the dentist flushed it out and it’s much better but both ears have been blocked and popping because of this inflammation which has obviously affected her Eustachian tubes so professionals aren’t always right xx
       
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