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

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

    1. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud live music show
      I had a single cavity drilled last Tuesday, and ever since then, my tinnitus seems to have spiked up. The spike is not beyond other spikes I’ve experienced in the past, but very annoying nonetheless. Very much hoping it dies down, as the sound was (IMO) nowhere near levels which should cause permanent damage.

      I wore earplugs (not fully sealed ones, so no occlusion) during the procedure.
       
    2. PeteJ
      Aggressive

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      It shouldn't but I think one problem is the jaw/teeth are so close to our ears.

      The other problem (imho) is if you have tinnitus as a result of acoustic trauma and some kind of damage in the ear (inner ear, hearing loss, nerves/hair cells, cochlea-related), the inner ears are already weakened and compromised. I think drilling in teeth affects it and causes the ears to respond - if your tinnitus is reactive, certain sounds (soundwave, impacts) lead to spikes. Just my theory. I think they are temporary spikes, though. It also probably helps to get the dentist to take breaks drilling. So, it's not continuous drilling. This is all speculation since it seems to be the overwhelming recommendation here but I find it difficult to convince dentists to take so many breaks. Ask them if they would oblige. Hold your hand up when you want a break. Also, make sure they are okay with the extra time as the breaks will probably increase your appointment time - they need to know that - if you consistently stop them from drilling momentarily.

      I don't know if you can stop the occlusion effect. What do you mean by, "the earplugs weren't in, fully?"
       
    3. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud live music show
      The earplugs I have accept different filters. Not all of the filters fully seal the ear opening (some of them leave a tiny opening).
       
    4. SoupBowl

      SoupBowl Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Anyone here who's had jaw surgery?

      It's in the cards for me to treat an underbite/crossbite which I'm not sure if they contribute to my tinnitus or not (which I have always assumed to be noise induced), but opening my mouth constantly results in cracking, at times moving my jaw too much results in headaches and further pain elsewhere, so with tinnitus you can imagine, I'm in a bit of a dilemma, right now.

      Leaning towards just going for it, though.
       
    5. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud live music show
      Good news, it seems like the spike has gone down.
       
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    6. K.A.

      K.A. Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008, then 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      Can you name the specific earplugs? Do you actually notice there is no occlusion effect, like no increased low frequency sounds when walking on hard surfaces, your own voice when talking, etc.?
       
    7. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud live music show
      Yes, the earplugs are EarPeace, available on Amazon.
       
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    8. Alvise
      Lurking

      Alvise Member

      Location:
      Mirano (VE)
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acustic Trauma in childhood with onset after 26 years
      I tried having a root canal one week ago.

      The drill was too loud.

      I stopped It.

      4 days later I got a spike. I am still having that spike (8th day at the moment). I hope it will fade.
       
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    9. Ross McLauchlan

      Ross McLauchlan Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      16/04/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced due to music production and motorbikes.
      I've had pretty moderate/severe tinnitus for over five years. In that time I've largely learned to deal with the noises and pain, but I respect the condition enough to not want to worsen it. This would mean avoiding obviously loud places and even avoiding dental work for fear of drills, etc.

      About 6 hours ago, I had a filling on my back left molar and some bonding work on my front tooth. I spent about a week dreading getting this work carried out and obsessed over negative outcomes. I searched Tinnitus Talk for positive stories and I was pretty miserable at the thought of increasing my tinnitus over something unavoidable.

      However, the drill and vibration was pretty quiet and I've had zero spikes. It looks like modern drills are not as loud as I thought and it was only used for about 3 minutes in total. The dentist was very nice and accommodated my fears by initially drilling in short bursts, but it became apparent that this wasn't necessary. The suction thing was louder than the drill, but nothing was abrasive or felt loud.

      I'm just writing this for the next person who is fearful of the dentist and is potentially going to avoid dental work or spend many days being terrified beforehand. I'd happily go back and get more work done - like a lot of things, the anxiety was worse than the reality.

      Take care,
      Ross.
       
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    10. iAzra
      Curious

      iAzra Member

      Location:
      Croatia
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma, Stress, Nose hit
      My dentist uses Gelatamp - nanoparticle silver mesh - instead of antibiotics when wisdom tooth is removed.

      Is nanoparticle silver OK for the ears? I have read both good and bad information about colloidal silver...
       
    11. jss
      No Mood

      jss Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise anxiety and antidepressants
      Hello I have not posted for years. My tinnitus was finally getting tolerable after years of struggling. Well that all changed 8 days ago when I had one cracked molar filled top right side. The dentist did drill in short spurts 5 on and 10 off. Unfortunately it was so loud I immediately partially plugged my ears (with my fingers, softly) but it still was super loud even when I didn't plug my ears. After the procedure I was fine, slight increase but I was ok. Now eight days later my ears are screaming. Can ear damage show up after a week after exposure? and if so does anyone have success with presidone for post dental work? I should of never plugged my ears and it didn't go on too long, but wow what a spike. I will never plug my ears again, but I still think it was really loud. Any had a spike go away after a few weeks, sorry Im a little shaken up right now.
       
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