ZocdocAnswersCan a decaying wisdom tooth cause dizziness?

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Can a decaying wisdom tooth cause dizziness?

I have had a wisdom tooth that would come up and go back down for about two years. It has broken back through and is now badly decayed. Since this I have been fighting brain fog, slight dizziness, ear fullness, and slight nausea. Could these symptoms be caused by this tooth.

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Sorry to hear about your tooth. When you have a tooth that is obviously decayed, it can cause myriad other problems so it is important to speak with your doctor. Anything that you may be feeling on that same side of your face could potentially be caused by the tooth, as it could indicate some sort of infection that may be deep seated. While unusual, these can even become life threatening if they are not treated in a timely manner. Your eustachian tube empties in the back of your throat and nasopharynx, and any swelling in this area could cause your ear to feel full. While it is less likely than some other explanations, such as simple things including a common cold, it is impossible to know for sure what is causing your symptoms without more information. Speaking with your doctor will quickly be able to assess whether or not there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Having teeth pulled is a relatively quick and inexpensive solution to the potential problems that can result from decayed or decaying dentition. Please speak with your doctor to determine if there is a serious problem that needs to be treated immediately, and please speak with your dentist about your question as well.

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