Advice on having a Tooth Extraction and Taking a Flight on an Airplane
I'm scheduled to take a flight on Wednesday and have been having some problems with my back teeth... my dentist originally wanted me to have some of my back teeth extracted because they have decayed, and then eventually put inplants in place.
Well, I was putting it off for awhile, and then I started to get some pain recently in one of the areas... just the upper left teeth in the back... I went to the Oral Surgeon on Friday who advised me it wasn't a medical situation and it was a matter of pain only, he felt that if I wasn't in pain, it made sense for me to wait until I get back before having any work done, and if I was having some pain, then he could do the work. I decided to think about it and he gave me some pain medication and antibiotics if needed. He also mentioned he'd get me in before I left if I had any problems or it got worse. The pain seemed to lessen after the initial pain which started on Tuesday.
Well, I thought about it and made what I thought was a logical decision to get the teeth removed on Saturday or Monday, and still have some healing time before I left on Wednesday... this way I could enjoy my trip more... I'm going to visit my brother out of state for about 5 days.
Anyway, the Oral Surgeon couldn't get me in until Tuesday around 10am, and I am scheduled to leave around Wednesday at 10am.
So, the question is... does anyone have any advice and/or experience with having a tooth extraction and then taking a flight on an airplane? Is it wise to have the surgery 24 hours before flying? Is it a bigger risk to try to wait out the current pain from the decaying tooth until I get back, or to have have the surgery and then get on a plane and travel?
Any advice or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.