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Is It Safe to Fly after a Tooth Extraction?

January 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — adcallen @ 7:01 pm
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Dental problems seem to occur at the most inconvenient times. If your dentist informs you that you need to have a tooth removed shortly before you take off on vacation or a business trip, you may be worried about how the procedure could affect your travel plans. Is it safe to fly after a tooth extraction? This blog post explains what you should know before you board an airplane.

The Risks of Flying Too Soon

Flying too soon after a tooth extraction could lead to a few problems:

  • Increased discomfort. Changes in cabin pressure could affect your sinuses, which may in turn put pressure on your teeth. If your extraction was performed in your upper jaw, this can be particularly uncomfortable.
  • Bleeding and slowed healing times. Many passengers spend an hour or more walking through a large airport prior to or after their flight. That level of physical exertion (especially if you are carrying heavy luggage) could increase bleeding in your mouth and slow down your body’s ability to heal.
  • Increased risk of dry socket. Dry socket is a painful complication that occurs when the blood clot at an extraction site gets dislodged or fails to form. Sadly, flying can increase the risk that it will occur.

When Can You Fly?

It would be wise to ask your dentist when it would be safe for you to fly. Generally, though, it is best to wait anywhere from 48 hours to an entire week before you board a plane. Giving your body adequate time to start the healing process can make sure your travel experience is as easy as possible.

Flying During Recovery

If you have no choice but to fly while you are recovering from a tooth extraction, follow these tips:

  • Pack some pain medication. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or another over-the-counter pain reliever could help to minimize your discomfort.
  • Ask the flight attendant for some ice. Bring a resealable plastic bag with you so you can create an ice pack.
  • Bring soft snacks. Some airlines do not carry soft food choices. If you have a long flight, be sure to bring some food that requires little to no chewing.

Flying too soon after a tooth extraction could slow down your recovery! Try to arrange your schedule so you have at least a few days to rest before you take off.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Keyvan Kar is an experienced general dentist and prosthodontist in Allen, TX. He performs comfortable tooth extractions in a welcoming, modern environment. If you have questions about tooth removal or the recovery process, he and our team would be happy to speak with you. Contact Advanced Dental Care of Allen at 214-260-9911.

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