If you’ve recently needed a tooth extraction, then it was likely a necessary way to protect your dental health. Oftentimes, emergencies like these can interfere with your schedule, especially if you were planning on traveling anytime soon. But is flying after a tooth extraction still an option? Keep reading to learn about the risks and what you should bring with you if you choose to do so!
Are There Risks to Flying After a Tooth Extraction?
Do you take flights often and travel frequently? If so, then you probably know how the plane’s cabin pressure influences your body when you’re up in the air. At a certain elevation, your ears can begin to pop, and you might even feel sinus pressure. Additionally, your blood flow can be affected during your trip. Following a tooth extraction, you’ll likely experience mild soreness for a few days. However, getting on a plane after receiving your treatment can increase any discomfort you might be feeling, as the pressure can affect the surgical site.
What Should You Pack If You Do Fly After Your Treatment?
It’s a good idea to consult your dentist if you plan to take a flight within 48 hours of your tooth extraction. They’ll give you the rundown on the risks involved and offer expert advice on how to manage your specific dental situation. If you’re traveling after several days of your appointment, here are several items you should consider packing to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible:
- Pain medication: Take your over-the-counter or your dentist-prescribed pain relievers to stay more comfortable throughout your flight.
- Water bottle: Buy a bottle of water once you get through airport security so you can remain hydrated during your trip. Drinking this will also help clean your surgical site from debris and bacteria.
- Gauze pads: Pack plenty of gauze in your carry-on in case the surgical site begins to bleed.
- Soft treats: To avoid harming or disturbing the area of discomfort, make sure to stick to softer foods during your flight.
- Empty resealable bag: While you’re traveling, you can ask the flight attendant for some ice to place in your empty bag and apply on the outside of your mouth to alleviate discomfort.
- Your dentist’s phone number: Be sure to keep your dentist’s number with you in case you need to call them for additional advice.
Although you should consider waiting a week or more after your tooth extraction to fly, you can try these few tips to make an earlier trip more bearable. Speak with your dentist if you have further questions, and they’ll gladly provide advice on best practices to keep you comfortable and safe!
About the Author
Dr. Brett Amedro earned his dental doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He’s also pursued countless hours of advanced training to expand his skills and utilizes the latest dental technologies for high-quality services. He provides multiple comprehensive treatments, including tooth extractions to preserve your oral health. If you’d like to request an appointment, visit his website or call him at 970-668-1010.