Your Teeth and Flying
Though not often talked about, tooth pain is actually quite a common occurrence while flying. As if flying isn't already stressful enough! At Forest Lawn Dental Centre, we have an experienced dentist in Calgary, who understands the unique stresses that flying can put on your teeth, as well as what can be done to prevent dental pain while flying or to deal with it once you have landed.
Flying and Tooth Pain
The various pressure changes that occur during flying can cause sinus, ear, and nose discomfort. Likewise, flying can easily exacerbate an existing toothache or even trigger a new one. What was perhaps a dull toothache on the ground can quickly grow into severe pain up in the air, often accompanied by a headache. Tooth pain while flying is usually caused by either a cavity you didn't know you had, or an old cavity which has already been filled.
Flying After Dental Work
If you know that you need to get dental work done before flying, then it is best to schedule your appointment at least a few days before you take off. A root canal or fillings that are close to the nerve can become especially painful when exposed to pressure changes. Tell your dentist in Calgary that you are going to be taking a flight, and they can let you know how your dental work might react. They can also make sure to get you in for any needed follow up appointments before you leave.
Preventing Dental Pain Before Flying
If you're worried about experiencing dental pain while flying because you have experienced it in the past, then don't hesitate to talk to your dentist in Calgary at Forest Lawn Dental Centre before your departure date. Your dentist can check if you have any cavities or any issues with previous dental work, and they can also recommend either over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to help manage any pain during the flight.
Even if you do take some painkillers, it is probably a good idea while on board to stick to soft foods instead of hard or chewy ones. You should also stick to drinking water and avoid hot or sugary beverages.
Dealing with Dental Pain After Flying
If you develop a slight tooth ache after flying with a recently filled cavity or other recent dental work, then some over-the-counter painkillers or painkillers prescribed by your dentist will likely take the edge off. If, however, a flight has caused you severe dental pain, then you should try to visit a Calgary emergency dentist right away at Forest Lawn Dental Centre.
Forest Lawn Dental Centre has a Calgary emergency dentist that will make sure you receive the attention you need. Seeing a dentist in Calgary as soon as you can after experiencing severe dental pain while flying will help prevent any further damage to your teeth.
To request an emergency appointment, just contact Forest Lawn Dental Centre and we'll make sure that you are seen by one of our experienced dentists as soon as possible.