Dental Work (Including Drilling) & Tinnitus — Questions and Experiences

Discussion in 'Support' started by Petloy, Dec 24, 2012.

    1. SugarMagnolia
      Jaded

      SugarMagnolia Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I'm preparing for my first dentist visit since getting tinnitus. I have no choice. A filling fell out of a molar. I've avoided the dentist for about ten years because, even before tinnitus, I was terrified of the dentist. Last time I went, he told me my plaque build-up was really bad, but I was too scared to make a follow-up appointment to clean them. I could kick myself for that because now I have another ten years of build-up. :cry:
       
    2. rdz
      Gloomy

      rdz Member

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I've only had tinnitus for like 4 months and already had to take out all four of my wisdom teeth out and although the ringing went down for 2 days it's back to what it was when I got it. They use a very high pitched tool which I think was the drill. So maybe there wont be a change for you after the dentist. I'll update you if I get an increase if you want.
       
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    3. Jack Straw
      Balanced

      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
    4. Ace
      Musical

      Ace Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud jam session, of course on top of years of performance
      Been reading through this and similar threads all week leading up to my procedure, this just happens to the biggest one on this site so I wanted to add to the many other positive responses here.

      I got two small fillings on two bottom teeth furthest to the right side. I'm paying close attention to my T because of all the anxiety I have surrounding loud noise, but I haven't noticed any remarkable difference.

      Asked for a low-speed drill and even despite my extremely sensitive hearing I don't think it was all that loud - I wish I measured it during the process but it's a bit hard to pick up a phone and look through your apps while in the chair lol...

      Definitely DO NOT wear earplugs - I explained to the dentist and the assistant that I took my headphones off earlier in the procedure because it made the drilling louder, but I did prefer keeping my ears plugged when the drilling was not taking place- I suppose I worded it weird and they misunderstood because then they put foam plugs in my ears and continued to work -drilling was MUCH more uncomfortably loud plugged and with headphones due to the occlusion effect. Despite the misunderstanding, my dentist was really cool and understanding- No problems whatsoever accommodating my request for 5 seconds drilling, 10 seconds off, so forth.

      Biggest annoyance now is just waiting for this dang numbness to wear off so I can eat and drink somethin.. It's been hours -_-

      If anyone needs a dentist in the DC area, feel free to quote reply or message me and I'll message you that information. I try not to come to this forum often but I'm very thankful for it nonetheless. The advice and positive stories helped me at a really dark time, and there is still a varying degree of struggle on many days but I appreciate that I'm not alone and hope everyone is living best they can. Thank you.
       
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    5. Blodorn
      Bored

      Blodorn Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I met my dentist 2 weeks ago, about 1 month after my trauma, for a cavity.

      Well, nothing happened, no spike, no reaction. In fact, the anesthetic killed my tinnitus for 4h+.

      I will meet my dentist again soon, with confidence :)
       
    6. Riz23

      Riz23 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concerts and headphones
      Hi, I’m planning on getting two of my wisdom teeth out in the next couple of months, and I am really worried it may cause a spike! How is your tinnitus? Did you get the procedure done under local or general anesthetic? Any tips. Thanks!
       
    7. rdz
      Gloomy

      rdz Member

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      They injected some anesthetic and used (I think it was) nitrogen to breathe in to help with the pain. It still hurt though. My tinnitus has not changed at all and I'm no longer worried about it causing a spike as it was awhile ago. I think the best thing to do is not worry too much about it. The constant worrying can give you anxiety and give the perception of an increase of your tinnitus. I hope the best for you when you go for your wisdom teeth removal but try to relax.
       
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    8. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      I have major dental issues from tinnitus. It is increasing my anxiety. Major.

      I need advice and promise to try whatever is suggested.

      I am broke through. So more anxiety. I thought needing some fillings was the worst thing but my bruixism seems to be shifting my teeth. I am scared. I told my dentist but they didn't do much. I could see another but that means more xrays and $$. Maybe I need a splint.

      I feel like this poster except my tinnotus is so loud and bad that both are concerns:
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/dental-issues.13104/
       
    9. Heatherb123456

      Heatherb123456 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head cold
      I have to get an old filling drilled out and new one put it due to a cavity under the filling. I’m scared witless that I’m going to get a permanent spike. I’ve finally habituated and I’m scared I will have a major setback. I’ve taken NAC for a couple of days prior to appointment and I will be bringing some headphones and earplugs. I’ve spoken with the Dentist and he assures me that he will do the 5 seconds on and 10 off to help mitigate the noise exposure.

      ANYTHING else you can think of that I should do? Besides canceling the appointment! Lol
       
    10. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      I have had tinnitus for many years and it can reach severe levels. I have also had many dental procedures including root canal work. Fortunately I have never had an increase in the tinnitus due to dental work or a spike. This is not to say a person with tinnitus cannot be affected by dental procedure. However, worrying about it will not help and if you're not careful, stress and anxiety can increase the tinnitus without you realizing it.

      If you are going to be playing audio through the headphones I think this is a bad idea. Headphones and tinnitus do not go well together. Try and calm yourself down. Dental check-ups are important and if work needs to be done I advise you to have it as delay will only make the situation worse.

      Michael
       
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    11. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      Make sure your dentist and dental hygienist know that if you want a break, you will put your hand up and that means you want the dentist to stop drilling. This is used in case the dentist doesn't stick to the 5 seconds drill, 10 seconds of break time procedure. Some dentists will decide to drill longer and so you will want a way to stop the drilling.
       
    12. Luman
      Spaced

      Luman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brooklyn
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Intermittent Tinnitus probably noise induced
      I wonder if N/C headphones, without audio, would reduce the noise of dental work, without causing an occlusion effect.
       
    13. Mickm

      Mickm Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise/stress
      Yikes! Sorry to hear this, object.

      This is exactly why I’m opting for extraction instead. A first upper molar needs an amalgam filling removing, then a root canal preformed, but also a crown fitted at a later date.

      I’ve no idea how long the filling removal and root canal will take, but it’s the crown preparation that is really concerning me. Twenty minutes of drilling to prepare the tooth, it’s a lot! Really not happy about extracting the tooth because it’s visible from the front, but I don’t think I’ll be too happy about my T significantly worsening either! :(
       
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