Why is there a toothache on the plane?

Birds are created for flying - man is not. However, we have developed a good ability to adapt to the extreme conditions of a flight. Nevertheless, the strong air pressure fluctuations and the high speed of a flight can lead to problems - especially the teeth are sensitive.

Toothache due to pressure

Gases expand with decrease in pressure. If such gases are present in enclosed spaces, such as a tooth, this can cause problems. So it is possible that under dental plugs or a new tooth filling trapped air expands with changes in air pressure and thereby causes toothache. These complaints are called barodontalgia (high-tooth pain), as they can occur when climbing from 3000 meters altitude.

What helps against toothache when flying?

It is recommended not to fly within 24 hours after dental treatment or acute toothache. If a flight can not be avoided, pain medications help. Even cold pads can relieve the symptoms.
Certain herbs, such as the clove, are said to have a locally anesthetic effect. Clove oil can be applied to the tooth with the help of a cotton pad.
If the complaints do not resolve after the flight or return again and again, a dentist should be consulted.

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