If you recently have experienced a toothache on an airplane, you may be wondering why your tooth felt so painful. Is it normal to get toothaches on airplanes? What could it mean for your oral health? Find out from Eastside Family Dentistry now!
What Causes Toothaches On Airplanes?
A toothache can happen on an airplane for the same basic reason that your ears “pop” as you ascend on an airplane.
Planes fly at a height of about 30,000 – 37,000 feet, where the air is so thin that we can’t breathe it. That’s why planes are pressurized. But they are not pressurized to a height of 0 feet (sea level). Instead, they are pressurized to a height of about 8,000 feet.
As the pressure in the plane changes, the air will expand slightly. This is what causes your ears to “pop,” and it’s also what causes toothaches on airplanes. If you have a bubble of air trapped in one of your teeth, it will try to expand. But if there is nowhere for it to go, it will put pressure on the tooth and the nerves below it, causing pain and discomfort.
What Treatment Do I Need To Stop Getting A Toothache On Airplanes?
If you get a toothache on airplanes, you likely have a cavity that needs a filling or a dental crown, or you have a filling or a crown that is worn-down or damaged.
Healthy teeth will never be affected by a toothache on an airplane. This is because a healthy tooth does not have any gaps or pockets where air may become trapped and cause a toothache. But if you have a cavity or a worn-down piece of dental work, it may be possible for an air pocket to form, causing a toothache on an airplane.
If you get toothaches on airplanes, you will need to see Dr. Alexandra Cristescu for an appointment. Discuss your issue and the affected tooth, and she will examine your mouth to determine why you are getting a toothache.
What Should I Do If I Need To Fly Before Seeing A Dentist?
If you must take a flight before you can see a dentist, you can use Orajel or a similar topical analgesic to help with the pain, and you can also take medicine like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen to help with your discomfort.
However, note that these are only temporary solutions. After your trip, you should see a dentist as soon as you can for emergency treatment to ensure that your mouth remains healthy.
Restore Your Tooth & Avoid Toothaches At Eastside Family Dentistry
If you have been experiencing toothaches on airplanes, Dr. Alexandra Cristescu at Eastside Family Dentistry is here to help you get the treatment you need. At our office, Dr. Cristescu can examine your teeth, discover the root of your issue, and restore your smile. Contact us online for an appointment, or give us a call at (425) 391-9200 to get started.