Mr. Wang needs to take a flight frequently because of his work. What bothers him about
is that his teeth will ache violently once the plane goes up, so he suffers from “aviation toothache”.
aviation toothache is a toothache caused by the change of air pressure, which is also called pressure toothache in medicine, and many people will also suffer from it when diving.
Generally speaking, the air pressure in the civil aviation airliner changes slowly. If there is no dental disease, such as caries, pulpitis, etc., passengers will not have toothache when flying.
tooth is bone tissue, which has a small bone cavity in the middle, which is rich in blood vessels, Shenjing tissue, etc., which is called dental pulp in medicine.
Once the pulp changes, the exudation of inflammation can not be discharged, resulting in the increase of pressure in the pulp cavity, which will lead to severe pain.
aviation toothache is caused by the inflation of air in the pulp caused by high altitude and low air pressure.
People who have barometric toothache are usually those who have mild pulpopathy without conscious symptoms.
patients have no symptoms when they are on the ground, but when they encounter pressure changes, they will have obvious pain. The height range of the barometric toothache that can occur in
is 1500-12000 meters, mostly 6000-8000 meters.
In the patients with acute pulpitis, toothache can occur at a lower height. The pain is mostly sharp tingling, with a short duration, sometimes only a few seconds. The pain disappears after falling and landing. In the patients with
, toothache often occurs at a higher height, often dull, with a longer duration, and most of the pain disappears when they are close to the ground In addition to pulpitis, acute apicitis, severe dentin hypersensitivity, periodontitis, impacted teeth, dentin exposure after traumatic tooth fracture, temporomandibular arthritis, maxillary sinusitis and other oral diseases may also produce obvious pain when encountering pressure change
When toothache occurs during flight, passengers can take some conventional antibiotics and painkillers to control symptoms, and cold compress can temporarily relieve pain sometimes.
but patients with deep caries, periodontal abscess and acute maxillary sinusitis are better to wait for the disease to cure before traveling by air If there is no symptom of toothache, you should go to the stomatology department for examination and timely treatment
The sensitivity of dental pulp is increased after filling treatment, so it’s better not to take a plane within one day after filling