Four Causes of Headache after Dental Work

Most people are familiar with the debilitating pain that comes with an infected tooth. When you have a toothache, you rush to the dentist and have that problem sorted immediately with either a root canal, filling or extraction. But what if any of these dental procedures gave rise to a new kind of pain? That is why dentists recommend painkillers for after surgery or dental work. According to Mark A. Breiner, DDS the author of Whole Body Dentistry states that most headaches can be traced back to a dental procedure.

Here are 4 reasons why that happens;

  1. Metal/Mercury

Toxicity In most cases patients choose to have their affected teeth filled with a silver filling instead of being extracted. While amalgam filling is durable, it releases mercury in the form of a toxic vapor to the nervous system and especially the brain. Mercury is one of the most toxic metals in the world even in very small amounts and one of the leading causes of headaches and fatigue when it’s used in an amalgam filling.

  1. Root Canal

Over the last few years, holistic doctors have openly spoken against root canals. A root canal is performed when the nerves of your tooth are badly affected so they have to be removed. The chemicals used to sterilize a root canal procedure as well as the aggression used to remove affected nerves cause headaches. A root canal also leaves your tooth completely dead which means it’s a bacteria attraction.

  1. Ill-Fitting Dental Crown

Another alternative to extraction and filling is a dental crown which is a cap placed over the tooth. If the fit is not perfect, it can cause teeth grinding and TMJ which will give you crazy headaches.

  1. headache after dental workAnesthesia

One of the most common causes of headache after dental work is anesthesia whether localized or general. It is not clear why anesthesia causes headaches but it might have something to do with temporary loss of oxygen in the head. Fortunately, headaches caused by anesthesia are temporary and will resolve on their own within a few days.

Visiting a holistic dentist is one of the best ways to determine whether your headaches are as a result of dental work. In most cases, when the patient has the dental crown or filling removed, their headaches go away.