A sudden and numbing tooth pain during a flight is more common than you think because the atmospheric pressure inside the plane constantly changes. This holds true especially if you have a dental filling near your tooth's nerve or your teeth is typically sensitive.
But this should not deter you from boarding the plane. While it does occur to some people, chances are you'll enjoy the ride to your destination smoothly without getting that disquieting consciousness and over thinking which can actually make the pain much worse.
An Increased Pain Results Because of Trapped Air Between Your Teeth
The changing shifts of the plane from taking off and landing to the glides, ascends and drops causes atmospheric pressure to shift inside the plane. If you have a dental filling and some air trapped between your teeth, it can result to a sudden pain because the trapped air has no place to go.
A plane climbing altitude decreases the cabin pressure, which expands the air inside while a descending plane increases cabin pressure causing cabin air to contract. Having a corroded tooth or a new filling allows air to pass through the tiny openings and the changing altitude can cause contraction of the trapped air which causes the sudden pain.
Ways to Stop the Sudden Tooth Pain from Occurring
If you have just recently had a tooth filling, it can be best to avoid long flights. But if you have an unavoidable schedule, there are ways to minimize the pain. Chewing gum or sugar free candy helps stimulate your sinuses to avoid getting trapped air in your mouth.
It can also be helpful to have your tooth filled weeks before your scheduled flight to avoid the numbing sensation when boarding the plane. If you want to learn more about how flying can affect your fillings, call us and we'll be happy to help.
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