Can You Fly After a Tooth Extraction?

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Nothing can put a damper on your upcoming trip quite like needing emergency dental care. It seems like the time couldn’t have been worse for you to have a tooth extraction, but urgent dental treatment should never be put off until a later date. In addition to being uncomfortable, dental issues often worsen over time. There are risks associated with flying shortly after a tooth extraction. Continue reading to learn what they are and if it is possible to do so.

What Are the Risks of Flying After a Tooth Extraction?

If you are a frequent flyer, you know how the cabin pressure in the plane affects your body when you get up in the air. When you reach a certain altitude, your ears begin to feel pressurized and pop. You may feel sinus pressure as well. However, your ears aren’t the only part of your body that’s affected by this pressure. If you’ve recently had a tooth extracted, you probably know all about the soreness that you feel for a few days afterward. If you get on a plane, this discomfort is likely to be heightened. Ultimately, it sets you up for a very uncomfortable plane ride.

Can You Fly After an Extraction?

If your tooth extraction is within 48 hours of your dental appointment, you should talk to your dentist about their recommendation as well as the risks involved. This way, they can give you their professional advice based on your unique case. If it has been several days since your extraction, here are some extra things you may want to bring with you on your trip to ensure that your travel time is as comfortable as possible:

  • Pain Relievers: Be sure to bring your over-the-counter and/or prescribed pain medication from your dentist.
  • Gauze: Bring some extra gauze in your bag just in case the area starts to bleed.
  • Water Bottle: Once you get through airport security, pick up a bottle of water. This way, you can stay hydrated throughout your flight.
  • Empty Resealable Bag: If you are experiencing discomfort on the flight, ask a flight attendant for some ice. Hold the pack against your cheek for ten-minute intervals to numb discomfort.
  • Soft Snacks: Pretzels and peanuts aren’t an ideal snack option after an extraction. Pick out some softer ones that you can enjoy during your travels.
  • Your Dentist’s Phone Number: Keep your dentist’s phone number with you. This way, you can give them a call for additional advice in case you need it.

If possible, it is best to plan for plenty of time between your tooth extraction and travel plans. If you must travel, talk to your dentist. This way, they can give you the proper advice to travel comfortably and safely!

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