06/25/07 #7 - Can having dental work trigger headaches?

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Is it possible that having dental work done can trigger headaches? I suffer from migraines as a rule and take several kinds of prophylactic medication to prevent them from occurring. I was doing great until I had an abscessed tooth removed two weeks ago and since then, I have suffered from headaches almost every day. I return to my dentist in another 2 weeks and have been on antibiotics for the last several days as there seems to be some residual infection left over from the tooth. But the almost daily headaches concern me. Thank you for your time. Rhonda.


Dear Rhonda;

This is a broad question but one short answer is: Yes, infections of all kinds can trigger migraines and headaches, particularly if they are located above the neck. This includes dental problems. Some antibiotics can also increase the number of headaches. Hopefully, they will quiet down in a week or so.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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