Can Dental Implants Cause Migraine Headaches?

Delilah, a dental implant patient, asks:
Can dental implants in the upper jaw cause migraine headaches? After having four dental implants inserted in the upper jaw I started having migraine headaches within two months. The first sign of a problem would be pressure in my head, then throbbing around the implant then the migraines–classic migraines.

My neurologist did extensive testing to see if there was a neurological problem caused directly by the dental implants. None were found. The dental surgeon said the implants didn’t cause the headache.

In my medical history it is important to note that I never had migraines or suffered from headaches before surgery. After the troublesome implant was removed — the migraines would slowly subside within a month. Several months later another implant would act up, be removed after great consideration and the migraines would stop. Within the past two and a half years four upper implants were removed. My general dentist and dental surgeon say they have not heard of migraines related to dental implants and have not been able to find any reports of this in the dental literature.

I now wear a full upper denture. The last upper implant was removed two months ago. The severe migraines have subsided but I now have low-grade headaches which the surgeon says is due to a TMJ problem and my internist wonders if it a rebound headache. The four implants in the lower jaw haven’t been problematic. Other than high cholesterol and acid reflux ( one year), both being treated by medication, I am a fairly active 63-year- old. I am also allergic to nickel. But I was assured the implant do not have not nickel in them.

Any insight would be helpful to me and the team involved. Thanks very much.

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TMJ problems and an occlusion that is not correct can cause headaches. This is the only likely cause of your problem that I can think of. If you have any restorative work in the future use a dentist that takes a facebow record and restores you in centric relation. This is a position where the muscles, jaws and joints are in a comfortable position, and should be relatively easy to do unless you have a clicking jaw.
Dr John A Murray
The headaches were likely TMJ/bite related. They WERE NOT related to your implants. Sorry
Ron Neff
Delilah- In your case maxillary implants as they are removed diminish migraine symptoms. I assume the same dentist made the denture as made the implant prosthetic. So if he can perfect the bite in the denture, why would one assume he could not create a perfected bite in the implant prosthodontics? I think attributing this to bite is while possible is lazy. Diagnosis properly comprises a list of suspicions graded for likelihood. We call this a "differential diagnosis". Bite belongs on the list. Due to the history it is less likely---localization of symptoms to implant surroundings, and local relief as the implants are removed, one at a time. Another possibility is nueropathy. Let's say a finger is pinched. The pain is felt. This is normal. However if we have a car that has an alarm that goes off for seemingly no reason, that would be like a nueropathy. Let's say an implant is placed and a migraine is experienced FOR SEEMINGLY NO REASON, that would be on the differential diagnosis as Nueropathy. Additionally, I am a licensed California Dental Acupuncturist. I would also suspect interruption of energy flow through the meridians where the metallic implant fixtures are located which could affect the circulation in a way to trigger migraines. Finally, there is the placebo effect, which could describe pyschosomatic re-experience of the implant placement trauma as a migraine through unconscious mechanisms like PTSD. So the differential would be Nueropathy Energy Flow disruption Bite irregularity Placebo effect No doubt for the average practitioner these concepts are mythical rather than evidence based. And therefore often rejected out of hand. I am hoping to offer you insight into your experience, rather than deny it happened to you. And from that knowledge a modicum of peace of mind, as it seems nothing more needs to be done. Dr. Neff
A. Bokhari, DDS
Delilah, As someone who completed a residency in orofacial pain and currently completing a periodontics residency I can tell you that I have never heard of migraines being caused by dental implants nor am I aware of any scientific literature that suggests it. I'm not denying your concerns, however I'd like to point out that most chronic pains associated with implants, and any type of surgery for that matter, are neuropathic in nature. Meaning that the nerves are in a chronic state of inflammation and irritation. This chronic irritation can trigger migraine headaches along with many other nociceptive triggers. I can't explain why the migraines subsided once the implants were removed since neuropathic pain (assuming that is your diagnosis)usually worsens with further surgical intervention. Another possibility which was mentioned by some of my colleagues is that you suffer from TMD (temporomandibular disorders), ofcourse I can't tell for sure since I have not examined you. Pain origniating from your jaws and jaw joints has been shown to trigger migraines as well. In a nutshell, I highly doubt that your migraines were triggered by the implants themselves and more likely are due to the surgical trauma. Best, AB
J. Reidy I know it has been 11 years since your post but i do have to reply after reading your response. After an implant in my upper jaw. Front left, site 22. I was left with severe constant migraine, pressure in my head which when bad & sleeping on my right side. I get woken with a vibration from the pressure trying to release right at the top of where the implant is. Like a one way flap with too much pressure. There is pressure in my ears & when bad i get ringing in my ears. My eyesight is affected to the point of having to get glasses. Some days my eyes get better and i don't need glasses. Other days not even my glasses help. (Optometrist and eye specialist cant explain why.) I have even had an MRI because of the constant migraine and pressure in my head was note. Then having a lumber punch the doctor was confused because the pressure didn't match what they could see on the MRI. ALL OF THIS IS CAUSED BY A DENTAL IMPLANT AND YOU DENTIST NEED TO STOP DENYING THAT IMPLANTS CAN CAUSE MIGRAINES AND THE REST OF THESE SYMPTOMS. You can do any bit of research and immediately find cases of people dealing with the same issues. People pleading for help and people who have dealt with it. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE INCLUDING MYSELF BEING TOLD BY SOME ARROGANT OR IGNORANT DENTIST THAT IMPLANTS DON'T CAUSE MIGRAINES OR PRESSURE OR RINGING IN THE EARS. IN SO MANY CASES HAVING TO SUFFER FOR SO LONG. HAVING TO SEE DOCTORS, SPECIALISTS, SURGEONS, DENTISTS AND ALL SORTS OF OTHER WAYS TO TRY AND GET HELP. MOST OF WHOM CAN ONLY TREAT THE SYMPTOMS INEFFECTIVELY. It took 3 years of being completely debilitated before an E.N.T surgeon referred me to a Maxillofacial surgeon. During my first visit even he was hesitant but was willing to investigate. When he did it was discovered that the implant was in the wrong spot, positioned to far forward to the point no bone covered the front of the implant. It wasn't even centered properly. The dentist had gone all the way through the bone on the lip side. The post of the implant protruded way past the implant and the point could be felt next to my nose. Causing damage, tear's, issues, a flap of skin acting like a one way valve. DENTISTS AND DENTAL IMPLANTS CAN & DO CAUSE MIGRAINES PLUS OTHER ISSUES. WHEN A PATIENT REFERS TO AN IMPLANT. THEY DON'T JUST MEAN THE BIT IN THE JAW. THEY MEAN THE WHOLE THING. IT MAY BE THE ABUTMENT PROTRUDING INTO THE SINUS BUT IT IS CAUSED BY THE IMPLANT AND IF THE DENTIST HADN'T DRILLED THAT WHOLE ALL THE WAY THROUGH WHEN DOING THE IMPLANT AND ALLOWING THE POST TO PROTRUDE FURTHER THAN IT SHOULD. THE ISSUE WOULDN'T HAPPEN SO ITS THE IMPLANT AS A WHOLE NOT JUST THE BIT IN YOUR JAW. HOW DARE YOU AND SO MANY OTHER DENTISTS JUST DENY IMPLANTS CAN CAUSE MIGRAINES & MANY OTHER SYMPTOMS. This is a lot more common than it should be. Your denial ruins peoples lives. How about before dismissing people you listen, do some real investigation and try to help instead of sending them off down a road with no answers. The best person to investigate a dental issue should be a dentist. Not a neurologist, a E.N.T surgeon, a doctor or this person or that person. Dentists need to take ownership of the issues they can cause and help treat there patients instead of treating them like a fool. I do hope plenty of dentists read this & anyone dealing with this sort of issue my heart goes out to you.
I started having headaches after i had an implant on my upper jaw. Not sure what's causing the headache, I've seen an eye doctor and a neurologist and they don't see anything wrong. Now I'm starting to think its the implant after seeing this post.
Thank you. I’ve been suffering for 10 years now. Finally found a doctor who believed me. He couldn’t do anything for me, but I’m making my way to getting better.
R. Hughes
It is possable some minor twig of a nerve was involved, that was left from one of the dental branches. This is just a theory. We do not have all the answers.
Dr. Mehdi Jafari
Migrainous headache and its predisposing factors are already known to physicians.Fluctuations in estrogen level seem to trigger headaches in many women with previous history of migrainous attacks or a tendency to develop migraines during pregnancy or menopause. Some hormone containing medications, such as contraceptives and hormone replacements, may cause migraines as well. Certain foods such as alcoholic beverages, cheeses, chocolate; pickles, sea foods, aspartame, caffeine, monosodium glutamate , certain seasonings; and many canned or processed foods are able to trigger the headache and its other symptoms.Stress at work or home also can lead to migraines.Sensory stimuli such as bright lights and /or unusual smells,tobacco smoke, missing sleep or getting too much of it, can lead to migraine attacks in some individuals. Intense physical exertion, including sexual activity or heavy sport, may provoke migraines. Certain medications, climate or season change or any alteration in altitude or time zone can aggravate migraines. Dental implants are not potentially a risk factor for migraine unless they assist in triggering the symptoms by accompanying medications or surgical sterss.
"The first sign of a problem would be pressure in my head, then throbbing around the implant then the migraines–classic migraines.",Delilah said. In addition to above suspicious causes, there maybe another possible reason: Maxillary sinus perforation! It is possible that the implants were placed into the (susceptible) sinus and caused sinusitis, althouth it is rare. Sinusitis can mimic migrane headache symptoms. Suggest you to see these articles: Sinus headache or migraine? Considerations in making a differential diagnosis.Cady RK, Schreiber CP. Neurology. 2002 May 14;58(9 Suppl 6):S10-4. Chronic daily headache: when to suspect sinus disease.Houser SM, Levine HL.Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2008 Jan;12(1):45-9. Delilah, Do you have any past history of sinusitis? Didn't your implant surgon tell you anything about the proximity of dental implants and maxillary sinus?
"After having four dental implants inserted in the upper jaw I started having migraine headaches within two months. The first sign of a problem would be pressure in my head, then throbbing around the implant then the migraines–classic migraines.", Delilah said. In addition to above suspicious causes, there maybe another possible reason: Maxillary sinus perforation during implant placement and subsequently sinusitis, although it is rare. SINUSITIS CAN MIMIC MIGRAINE HEADACHE. Suggest to see these two relevant articles: 1. Sinus headache or migraine? Considerations in making a differential diagnosis.Cady RK, Schreiber CP. Neurology. 2002 May 14;58(9 Suppl 6):S10-4. 2. Chronic daily headache: when to suspect sinus disease.Houser SM, Levine HL. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2008 Jan;12(1):45-9. Delilah, Do you have any past history of sinusitis? Didn't your implant surgeon tell you anything about the proximity of implant and maxillary sinus floor? Glad that you are fine now, Neda Moslemi
Dr. Mehdi Jafari
Dr. Moslemi She has been under care by her dentist,an oral surgeon and an internist.Do you think that none of them could ever ever thought or even looked for the position of the placed implants in regards to the antral cavity and its floor? Do you think that they removed the implants even without a thorough radiographic evaluation of the surrounding maxillary bone and the sinus? If there was any evidence of the antral involvement,those practitioners would certainly had found it out,at least, by looking at her sinus X-rays.
Dear Dr. Jafari, Yes, you are right, It is very rare. But as you know, in some situations, sinus perforation (as a consequence of implant insertion) is not evident in panoramic X-ray, and CT scan or CBCT is required to evaluate it exactly. On the other hand, as the patient said, the pain began within 2 months after implant insertion in upper jaw; potentially before loading. If so, TMJ problem as a cause of migraine headache will be ruled out. Thank you so much for your considerations about my note. Neda Moslemi
I've had persistent headaches for the better part of 4 years now. I have 4 implants on each upper side. I had a temp bridge on my left side for about a year before I could afford a permanent bridge. I had no problems with the temp bridge. When the permanent bridge was installed I started to get these headaches. I would have the bridge removed to give me some relief. In the beginning I would get relief from the removal. I now have the headache permanently. A couple of my implants do pierce the sinus on both sides. My headache is always on the left side, starting from just above the implants and radiating up to the mid line of my skull. I just came from my second ENT doctor who(after a CAT scan) insists I don't have a sinus problem. (even though antibiotics have helped in the past). I've had a brain MRI with some sort of dye. I've had acupuncture 3 or 4 times. The Pedodontist sold me a night guard. My dentist gave me an NTI. I've probably forgotten a few details. My periodontist, after 4 years, wants me to go to an Orofacial Pain Management doctor. The latest ENT doc want me to go to a Neurologist and get another MRI of the brain. I'm old school. I respect all my doctors. My dentist is one of the best humans I've ever met. He took care of me many times when I was unemployed years ago. I don't blame anyone. I just want to get rid of the pain. No pain meds work. I'm told I can't remove the implants. I'm tired. I'm just tired. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Tim
Dr. Mehdi Jafari
Dear Tim, first of all, I believe that you should seek for the help of a therapist.The tones of some your phrases are very suicidal and they sound that you are very desperate.Of course there is a cure for every pain and a way out for every misery.We should all get together to find a way to solve your problems for good.Before any attempt, I vehemently recommend you to have a psychologic consultation.You should know that we are all here to help.
Not true. No problem in that area. Just want direction on next step. Sorry to give that impression.
Please don't make inferences like that on a public internet site. The moderator has my permission to remove my comment and any further comments. Thanks,
I am in the final phase of a full upper dental implants. For the last 2 weeks I am having terrible headaches involviing nausea. My dentist can't figure out what is wrong. I have paid around $ 70,000 and it is taking four year. The headaches are so intense that I am willing to loose all money already paid and get ride of the implants. I no longer believe implants are a good idea.
Ken Clifford, DDS
Dear Constant Pain: Thousands of folks have dental implants. Millions of folks have headaches for many different reasons. You have had implants now for at least two years, but headaches for only two weeks. Why blame the implants and/or the dentist? CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN!
Richard Hughes DDS
I need more info inorder to determine if this is a dental issue or a medical issue.
Migraine Headache
Wow, seems like everything can cause migraine headache treatments!
Mr Jafari - I am apalled at your comment. Telling someone they're sudicidal when all they need is guidance and reassurance? Tim on behalf of many of us, I apologize for the comment. I would suggest (as I often do) MULTIPLE consults - see some specialists, take your xrays... go for some consults and see what can be done. Most of us cannont help much without a proper history and records (xrays, clinical exam, models, bite analysis etc). Go seek advise from experienced dentists. I do not downplay inexperience docs at all, but in your case... because it's been such a long haul I'd suggest someone well trained in dealing with complex cases. Which city are you located in?
Dr.Mehdi Jafari
To Vancouver, Sir or Madame,I am an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with the background of 34 years of academic career and of course both medico-dental training.I just tried to help by asking a patient with that kind of clinical features, to seek for a professional evaluation by a physician trained in psychiatry.I do not find it appaling at all,especially when the patient does not have a full identity. Of course, you do not have to apologize on my behalf because if I really have offended anyone,I deeply regret it myself, but,it seems that what is really appaling to you is that somebody from another part of the world which is neither North America nor Western Europe, has made a voice.That may sound to you unforgiven or APPALING.
I agree with Vancouver. There was no need to suggest the man is suicidal and needs psychological help. I am experiencing migraines myself and I have been for a brain scan, neck x-rays, bought a night guard, have been to an osteopath, bought a new bed etc. And all this because I started to have migraine headaches 2 weeks after maxillofacial surgery. It's been 5 months now with the headaches which are debilitating at times and no one can find the problem. I too, am tired of the pain. Sorry for your suffering Tim, I am in the same boat!
pat m
Delilah. I am just another migraineur. But I can tell you this, I suffer migraines only on the left side and after having a Panoramic X-ray I believe I know why. There is a nerve twig which is in the exact location where the migraine originates. If it become irritated or inflamed, migraines invariably follow. Sinus changes can irritate this nerve along with other triggers. Migraines still apparently confound the medical community, but do not let anyone tell you that you are not suffering pain! Since this is an older post, I am hopeful you have found a solution to your problem in the interim.
What do you do to treat it?
I too suffer migraines and sinus pain, with two maxillary implants over 4 years old. I had no pain after implant surgery, the only precipitating even is the removal of "excess" tissue around the implants a year ago and almost instantly after the healing, I developed chronic migraines, sinus pain and upper jaw pain. I have seen numerous doctors, periodontists and maxillofacial specialists with no answer. I'm open to any suggestions where to go next, I am very exhausted of the pain.
children dentist
Implants do not cause headaches. However if the bite or occlusion is incorrect, this can lead to TMD and headaches.
what is the best cure for headaches apart from tablets?
I had a lower jaw implant a month ago, and have been having headaches and jaw pain since then. I find it odd that every messege board I go to, the dr.'s say it's not the implant - when more and more people are posting problems like this. During and after surgery my jaw hinge? has been quite painful, and I am wondering if trauma to the jaw, from pulling it wide open, is what is causing my problem...
Richard Hughes, DDS, FAAI
Kate: Your jaw issue is most likely from having your mouth open. I doubt the implant is causing any problem.
Shirley A . Colby
The implant is probably one the most amazing innovations introduced in the field of dentistry! However, it is a non- living mechanism , osseointegrated into a biologic environment. By itself, the implant has: 1. No biologic components [vascular, neural, cellular] to connect it to the body to indicate the presence of any imbalances within the masticatory system.Free nerve endings, indicators for pain are absent. "Implant ache" is simply non-existant. 2. Being ankylosed [cemented to the bone] is not equipped with periodontal ligaments which cushion the natural teeth to minimize, counter-act, or disperse possible traumatic forces directed to the tooth. 3. The absence of proprioceptors renders it incapable of registering undue pressure, thereby making the patient unaware of pre-mature bites, leading to the continuation of the activity with the resultant chronic irritation and inflammation of areas outside the implant. 4. Its inorganic chemistry renders it impervious to osteoclastic activities which may be triggered to correct the effects of traumatic occlusion. Doctors, given these conditions, is it possible that the role of implants in DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY transmitting traumatic occlusal forces into the oral structures, nerves is being over-looked or being dismissed pre-maturely? Is it possible that the pain that is being referred somewhere, is being perceived or experienced by the some patients as TMJ dysfunction headaches, sinus problems, trigeminal neuralgias, migraines ... depending on its location? I would truly appreciate any feedback. Warmest Regards,
Richard Hughes, DDS, FAAI
Dear Shirley; Your question is a good one. The forces transmitted along the boney buttresses is a point to consider. This may be mitigated with a neuromuscular analysis and construct the bite from this finding. As per other issues with pain and discomfort: 1. crossed arch fixation in the upper jaw could make the patient feel uncomfortable due to decreasing the flexing of various cranial bones (theory). Perhaps the same applies for the lower. we know the mandible flexes medial as we open. 2. The grafting or bone augmentation may (not in most cases)press or touch various vital structures. 3. Honestly no really knows for sure what any metals that we place in the body really do period. It's all theory and we need a long term (life span) study with a large sample size (5000) to really get to the bottom of the issue. Till then everyone is talking out of their hats.
virgil sutton
Yes, migraine is a very common problem. There are plenty of reasons why it happens. Not sure if you are aware of it, but it can be the symptom of toxic poisoning caused by intake of chemicals. It might happen at the office or a factory that are not people-friendly. lol Chemicals can be in the cleaning product that you use unknowingly, or in a pharmaceutical brand. If one has recurring migraines, I also suggest to do a cancer test. In many cases there is a connection between the cause for both. And if the cause is determined towards being an external factor, a person that suffers from the condition can file a law suit against a wrong doing business and force them to revise policies accordingly to which they operate the business. There are many cases when victim receives millions of dollars as compensation. Obviously, it not only covers a great treatment, but secures comfortable life for the wholefamily.
Dr. K. Nazar
If you are having problems with a dental implant, it can be related to your immune system. Certain metals and restorative materials can react with your immune system creating migraines, etc. While the dental "community" frequently denies this, you can have your blood screened to understand your reactivity to metals and other materials. Consider the MELISA test (through Neuroscience) and Clifford Consulting Dental panel through Clifford Consulting in Co.
Tim, Have them removed. Maxillary implants usually come out easily. Best, Paul
I have to say, I'm in the middle process of receiving implants and I too am suffering from tension headaches in the temporal area. I just called the dentist because it's too the point that I cannot sleep and it's hard for me to drive due to the sharp pain. I would never recommend this procedure to anyone. I had to have it done not by choice b/c after having braces, my four front teeth roots worn away.
This is all starting to make sense now. Post implant in my upper jaw I have had pressure in my head and uneasiness to the point that I have gone to emergency twice and visited my dentist twice. Full p Blood work and cat scan performed all negative. I have throbbing pain in the local area of implants. I don't have a history of migraines And ant even tell you what a migraine feels like. Personally I ma convinced that there is an issue with these implants and the dental society is not willing to except. There's too much money at risk. All of the symptoms are the same as these other patients are describing. The periodontal institute needs to listen to our voices and stop ignoring the issue. Let's stop blaming that this is not clinically proven, just because this is the loop hole. People are suffering and something needs to be done now. I am having another specialist review the implants for a second opinion. I shall post results.
I just have two implants placed on upper jaw, one on each side. The xrays show the implants are in, or they could be adjacent to the sinus. I threw up after the appointment and starting to have a headache! I am wondering the implants placed in the sinus causing problems , since I had many dental treatments done in the past and I never experience the migraine and throwing up! I do not have a history of migraine headache !
I too have suffered from migraines on the upper right side since my implant. Google the actor Dick Van Dyke who after 7 years of suffering with debilitating headaches after having implants finally found out he was allergic to the titanium and had them removed. I definitely feel there's a connection. I agree with others that the medical field needs to be more receptive to possible issues.
A neuropathy could have been the cause, either way it's not common to have headache after implants but apparently it's not impossible either, you know your body best if you're sure of the causative agent being your implants have them removed at all cost. Nothing compares to constant pain get rid of it
Two years ago I had 4 titanium screws (implants) inserted in my upper jaw (day surgery) then had lots of swelling. The day after my headaches started and since then I constantly have a basilar type migraine that never goes a way. The Neurologist has put me in the 2 hard basket in addition to the original dentist, 2 GP’s. I had Allergy patches done to see if I was allergic to the Dental compounds to no avail. Apart from the constant ache at the base of my skull, I suffer from Vertigo, lightheadness and a foggy feeling in my head. My implants also constantly throb. This is very delibating and constantly have to go to bed which doesn’t stop the headache , I also suffer from Nausea daily. I am on a very long waiting list for Botox injections to see if they will help. I am now 71 years of age and really I regret getting out of bed each day because everyday is the same . I live in Australia.
Susan Danuloff
I just had a crown put over a front tooth on the left side over an implant. I fell on cement last year and busted tooth in half. It was a bucked tooth if that matters. The night after crown placement I began getting serious headaches and I have not gotten headaches my whole life! They have gotten worse lately and ibuprofen is not helping as much as it did. This was three weeks ago. Please help. I am in so much pain. I go to a neurologist Monday. The dentist has filed them down twice since but claims it has to be something else! I am a teacher and a counselor and this is ruining my life!
Annie Shea
Several months ago got a post for a dental implant. I started getting terrible headaches and very bad mouth pain. I thought it was everything but the surgery. I don't believe it's the implant himself as I have titanium in my C spine and it doesn't bother me. It was so bad I had to get it removed and I was fine. No pain no headaches no anything. We recently tried it again from the oral surgeon and I have the same pain and headache. Thinking I might have to get it removed again. My boyfriend keeps saying he thinks it's sitting on some kind of nerve down there but I don't know. I have heard of several people getting terrible headaches once they get implants. I don't know if it's the pressure or the area is not big enough to handle it, if it is sitting on a nerve... The only thing that alleviates the pain is taking several Advil leading me to believe it has something to do with inflammation.Hurts so bad i cant function.
Lindsey Martin
Implants one hundred percent cause migraines. I am saying this because I had one fitted years ago and suffered so bad with painful migraines I wouldn't even say headaches painful migraines I had it removed and all my pain went away? I have had it re fitted years later and within a day my awful migraines have come back! It's funny because the actual dental implant being fitted didn't cause me migraines but as soon as he attached the crown to the implant and tightened it my migraines have been awful. I am going to see my dentist next week to maybe as if he can untightem it a bit to see if that helps ?
Phillip Wise
I hope this helps others, I am fifty years of age, I have never been ill in my life nor never taken medication and very fit as I run on a daily basis training for 10ks and half marathons but I too suffered from migraines & headaches plus other bad sensatations for an entire year until the crown was removed from my implant & then overnight the intolerable pressure and pains in my head dissipated. I had the implant screw in my mouth which tasted metallic with some discomfort removed and the remaining symptoms have cleared up more or less immediately. I might consider high strength ceramic implants in the future or just leave well alone, I’ll take my time to decide as I need to recover, rest & enjoy life again. Clearly a small proportion of people who have titanium implants have a intolerance to them. My life for 1 year has been a nightmare, it’s been so hard to function with a permanent headache day & night, ice pick migraine attacks at anytime without warning, shoulder/neck pain and a heaviness hanging over me all the time but since the extraction last Friday I feel my like my old self again, happy & relatively pain free!
I began having migraines after a dental implant. By the time I put it together 4 years later, I was suffering from insane migraines that lasted 2-4 days each, to the point where my entire face would became numb and I couldn't find ordinary words. So basically I was incapacitated for more than 20 days out of the month. Had the implant removed 3 weeks ago. I had one migraine shortly after it was removed and haven't had one since. To be fair, I am allergic to nickel, but of course, when I asked if this would be an issue, the dentist insisted it would not. He was kind enough to remove it free of charge, but not until after the migraines literally caused small vessel damage in my brain.
Im having the exact same issue as you! I had 8 dental implants, 4 in the upper jaw, and 4 in the lower. The daily headaches started about 4 months after the implant surgery. The pain only occurs on the left side of my head, directly behind my eye, and radiates to the back of my head (where your neck and the base of your skull meet, directly behind my left ear. I've been dealing with these headaches for 2 years now. Ive seen 4 different Dr.s, have had x-rays, and an MRI done, with no answers.
Same with me on the left side. Had this for ten years now and it has caused problems in the left side of my body now.

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