Unexplained ringing in my ears after Dental implants

  • JordaanL
  • 1 year ago

After I had my implants done a ringing/ buzzing noise developed in my ears. I had my hearing tested thinking I was starting to go deaf but the specialist found no ear or hearing problems and said it must be the dental work related. When I went for my check up after the implants I discussed it with the mouth and jaw specialist. To say the very least he became very defensive and said it was all in my mind. Is it possible that a nerve is being pinched or sustained some damage by the implants? My quality of life is suffering because of this. Looking forward to your feedback. Many thanks Linda

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Whenever you have any major dental procedures, such as implants and even crowns, you run the risk of nerve trauma or damage. I had 2 teeth pulled 2 months and my ears have been ringing ever since. I had my first crown a few years ago and suffered tremendous pain in and around that tooth for 16 months. There's a large, major nerve that runs from the inner ear clear down to the jaw and towards the chin. If it's affected, you get ringing in the ears. It can last a couple of weeks, a couple of months, a couple of years or be permanent. If it bothers you to the point of insanity, then go to a good doctor and convince him to put you on either Ativan or Valium. These drugs are usually for anxiety or depression. BUT, a good side effect is a big decrease in the nerve impluse in the inner ear. I know, I went through it. I was on Ativan once and it didn't take me long to figure out that this drug completely knocked out the ringing in my ears. BUT, I had to stay on the Ativan for a long time, and one downside of this drug IS depression. So, there's a trade-off. They don't tell you this up front and they never will. P.S. Stay away from stimulants like coffee, cigarettes and alcohol. They make tinnitus much, much worse. A high fat diet, like cheesburgers, can also worsen tinnitus. When it come to tinnitus I'm a pro and I don't mind saying so. I wish you the best!!!
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Thank you for your note. There was a well-publicized study in recent weeks saying coffee improves tinnitus. I don't want to go on any drugs. I'm seeing an ENT Monday. I expect I'm going to have my implant removed. It may not help my tinnitus but it may save from some even more serious ailment caused by titanium implant. Blessings to you.
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Dear darby51, I'm so sorry about your tinnitus. Don't so readily believe any publicized study right off the bat. Caffeine is a stimulant and it will stimulate the nerve in the auditory canal, any nerve anywhere in the body. I can understand your not wanting to take drugs. You could take natural supplements to inhibit nerve stimulation, such as calcium and magnesium, or valerian root tincture (or chamomile,catnip,hops,kava kava root). You could also try the amino acid L-tryptophan, though it too is used for sleep inducement. But there is nothing to guarantee that these will necessarily make you sleepy during the day. You could also try pygnogenol, it's good for nerve regeneration. Your ENT doctor might probably suggest a device called a masker. They are small devices that are worn in the ear like hearing aides. They are supposed to mask the noise being generated by the irritated or damaged ear nerve. They didn't work for me. $1400 down the drain for nothing. If you have the implant removed, make sure that they graft the hole left in your jaw. I strongly suggest you visit a biological dentist in your area. He or she would know the best thing for the health of your jaw, teeth and body. But remember, a biological dentist is still a dentist! I understand that zirconia implants are superior to titanium. But these are only available in European countries; perhaps Mexico. Where do you think your Hollywood stars go? They ain't stupid, and their rich. I truly wish you the best!!!
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Actually, zirconia implants are now approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. There are a few dentists/surgeons using them, but not a lot because it's relatively new here. They have to get trained to use zirconia. Titanium seems to have caused nightmare health problems for many.
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I learned about zirconia a few months ago, fortunately before I proceeded with any further dental work. You see, I took care of my Mother for 9 years, rather than let her go into a nursing home. My Mom was a very ill person with many, many ailments. You don't KNOW the number of times she went to the hospital. Point is, I learned (experienced) a lot of what goes on in the medical field. Leading to my not fully trusting anyone wearing white. I never had a computer until June of 2010. I have been hammering this thing ever since then, learning all I can about what "they don't tell you". So, I learned about zirconia a few months ago and was toying with the idea of going to Europe to get my implants (or maybe Mexico). I've learned about other new, superior dental procedures too, all of which are out west (Arizona, Nevada, California, Washington), where the money is. AND, I've read countless reviews of people who are suffering now with tinnitus of having titanium implants. Of course, it's not necessarily the metal, it's the TRAUMA suffered to surrounding tissue from point of extraction, to include nerve damage. Plus too, did your surgeon remove the associating ligament when your tooth was extracted? Did you immediately have grafting, permanently sealing IN remaining bacteria? All you need is one anerobic bacterium left behind to replicate and create an all new infection which spreads throughout your system causing health problems anywhere in your body? Do they TELL the Patient this, I ask you?? I'm not a patient, I'm a "paying client!" YOU are responsible for health. Don't rely on health care practitioners, rely on yourself and your computer. BOOKS are still a good resource. I've known about health hazards since the late 70's, when my cousin Tom, who was studying Shiatsu massage, had gotten me into the health craze. That's when the expression "You are what you eat" was born. I was there. Hope some of this helps!
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I had my titanium dental implant put in late June 2014. 3 weeks later ringing in my ears, tinnitus, began off and on. Now it is non-stop, 6 weeks after the implant was put in. My surgeon says coincidental, like others report their doctors saying. I'm seeing a ear specialist to further investigate. In recent days, I've developed hip joint issues. My said he would take them out since been in less than 2 months. I may be headed down that road. Everyone who has a problem needs to report to FDA. Otherwise, complaints/concerns are not considered or investigated.
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darby51, Please read my reply to your posted comment. Important for you to read! Thanks.
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rferguso1 6/10/14 I am know suffering from this ringing sound between both ears . sometimes its unbearable keeping me awake at nights and interfering with my social life by keeping me on edge ,at times it get louder thus interfering with my hearing . I have had my dental implant for almost 6 months and this is the first episode I have had last over A few days. Now i am getting worried if it's ever going to stop. or if I'm going to go crazy first. Going to make an appointment for the ent doctor this morning if I can manage to get a couple hours sleep with this aging ringing going on. Not sure what's causing it. I'm a couple days in on an expensive homeopathic supplement that doesn't seem to have helped at all.
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Another thing is if you look on Google Scholar at titanium dental implants and fluoride you'll see plenty of studies saying fluoride corrodes titanium. At least one manufacturer provides a warning on fluoride use with titanium implants. This is a dilemma for doctors because what patient wants an implant and then can't use fluoride to protect the rest of their teeth. So no issue is made of it. Do the research yourself on titanium implants and fluoride. You'll see plenty. Another concern I'm raising to the FDA.
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You need to check out Google Scholar and fluoride. Studies show it corrodes dental implants. It causes the titanium to build up in the body. Please check out these scientific studies. It's a scandal dentists are not warning of this. It would scare off their patients.
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Same thing happened to my husband. We just had his crown removed yesterday by the dentist and the oral surgeon we went to that put the implant in does not want to remove the implant itself. My husband got the buzzing continuously ever since the crown was placed 5 months ago. He is suffering to the extent he cannot work most days. It has been a nightmare and his quality of life has diminished significantly. We don't know what to do.
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I'm sorry to hear that this has happened to you as well :(, but it appears that you're not alone.
JordaanL isn't even the only one here on RealSelf who has written in about this.  If you look at their review, others have commented on it.  Also, djrain asked a question in the doctors' Q&A forum about it and got one response from the doctors that you may be interested in.  I hope this is not a permanent condition. :(  Have you discussed it with a neurologist?
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Hi, Linda.  I'm so sorry you've had this experience.  I noticed someone commented on your review that they've had a similar experience.  You may consider asking a question of the doctors in the community, to see if any of them have any opinions they are willing to share.

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