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Do you know? Try not to fly 4 hours after a filling! Why!

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I wanted to go on a trip during the holiday, but not long after I got on the plane, I suddenly got a toothache, what's going on? Is it because the tooth was not filled properly?


Occasional toothache during air travel is known as "aviation toothache" or "air pressure toothache" in medical terms.





"Aerodontic toothache"

Aviation toothache is a kind of toothache caused by the change of air pressure, many people also encounter this situation when diving, because the body is not ready to adapt to the change of air pressure in high altitude or deep water, the gas precipitation in the pulp tissue to form a gas embolism, the pulp is filled with blood to increase the pressure in the pulp, it will produce obvious pain.

Most of the people who suffer from "aviation toothache" are already suffering from mild pulp lesions, and the altitude range for air pressure toothache is generally 1500m to 12000m, and most of them occur between 6000m and 8000m. In people with acute inflammation of the dental pulp, toothache may occur when the plane flies to a lower altitude, and most of them are sharp stabbing pains that last for a short time, sometimes only a few seconds, and the pain will disappear after the plane descends and lands. In the case of chronic inflammation of the dental pulp, the toothache mostly occurs when the aircraft flies to a higher altitude range and is often dull and lasts a little longer, and the pain mostly disappears when it approaches the ground.



Once "aviation toothache" occurs, you can take painkillers, but for patients suffering from deep caries, periodontal abscess and acute maxillary sinusitis, experts remind that it is better to wait for the disease to be cured before traveling by air. After filling treatment, the tooth pulp is more sensitive, therefore, it is better not to travel by airplane within 4 hours after filling. If you do not have toothache symptoms, you should go to the dentist for careful examination and timely treatment if you have "aviation toothache".