It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Dental Health Message Board

Advice on having a Tooth Extraction and Taking a Flight on an Airplane

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-15-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: New York
Posts: 57
Rsspro18 HB User
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.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 05-15-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 161
daffy93 HB User
Re: Advice on having a Tooth Extraction and Taking a Flight on an Airplane

I don't know if that is a good idea to have it done before you leave for your trip. You will be in pain after your extraction.

Old 05-16-2006, 10:21 AM   #3
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 8
vollmejl HB User
Re: Advice on having a Tooth Extraction and Taking a Flight on an Airplane

I would go ahead and get it done before you leave. Several years ago, my family and I flew to Floriday for vacation. I was only 13 or 14 and was already having trouble with bad teeth. A toothache started about 2 days before we left but I didn't tell anyone - I wish I had. The pressurization (sp?) in the airplane caused my tooth to feel like someone was stabbing a knife in my gum. I had never and still have never felt pain like that before. Once we got off the plane, it was slightly better but the toothache continued throughout the vacation. I couldn't sleep at night because of the pain. My parents finally took me to a dentist in Florida and I got a temporary filling in the tooth. The flight back was painless!

Old 05-17-2006, 04:19 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 161
daffy93 HB User
Re: Advice on having a Tooth Extraction and Taking a Flight on an Airplane

I agree too. You will be a lot of pains and you shouldn't be traveling by moving your mouth. You have to rest at least few days in bed to get all the swelling from your mouth to go down. If you don't take it easy, you might get dry socket and that is worst. I had dry socket and it wasn't fun.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Advice please on beginnings of incontinence? Tracey110 Incontinence 25 09-22-2008 11:54 AM
Please--bridge advice... pinktulip Dental Health 2 01-19-2008 07:35 AM
barodontalgia? tooth pain when flying fdpty4 Dental Health 2 06-07-2007 11:45 AM
Cracked Tooth Causing Osteomyelitis boufarino54 Dental Health 16 06-04-2006 11:38 AM
Dental Advice Badly needed - HELP Jen199 Dental Health 3 04-03-2006 10:38 PM
Some tooth left after extraction?!? sashaannm Dental Health 3 03-18-2005 06:42 PM
wisdom tooth extraction srlh Dental Health 3 03-28-2003 10:54 AM
My Wisdom Tooth Extraction Story richdizz Dental Health 12 04-07-2002 11:29 AM
Infection still present after extraction - advice please! Mark-48 Dental Health 1 06-13-2001 12:55 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:31 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!